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Volkswagen metalworkers guarantee job stability and show importance of the union



São Paulo – The metallurgists of São Bernardo do Campo and Taubaté approved, this week, collective agreements that guarantee job stability and resumption of investments in Volkswagen. For the secretary general of IndustriALL Global Union, Valter Sanches, the victory shows the importance of unions, after the dismantling of labor legislation in Brazil.

“In a situation in which Brazilian labor legislation is destroyed since 2017 and without any industrial policy to guarantee job security, this union agreement is very important for the 15,000 workers (from Volks). This stability guarantees longevity in the company’s production and also has a positive impact on the production chain ”, says, in an interview with Glauco Faria, at the Current Brazil Newspaper.

The agreement of the ABC Metalworkers Union with Volkswagen, for example, is valid for five years, and includes a voluntary dismissal plan (PDV) and guarantee of employment for those who remain. In addition, the lay-off (up to the limit of 10 months), freeze on readjustment and new salary table, among other items.

According to Valter, it is ideal that the country has labor legislation that ensures collective bargaining, as there is a disparity of forces between boss and employee. “Without an industrial policy, workers are responsible for seeking creative agreements”, he warns.

The agreement signed benefits 15,000 workers in the four Vokswagen units in Brazil. The metallurgists of São José dos Pinhais (PR) also approved the negotiation. And those from São Carlos (SP) will hold an assembly next Monday (21).

Examples around the world

The need for collective agreements and a greater presence of unions in the negotiations is not only present in Brazil. The secretary general of IndustriALL Global Union says that there are examples of positive negotiations in other countries, which have managed to protect workers’ rights.

“With the Spanish conglomerate Inditex, we negotiated a global agreement and the company guaranteed the payment of its suppliers, which gives medium-term stability to two million workers who are in its production chain”, highlights Valter.

Two other examples remembered by Sanches are from metallurgists from Barcelona, ​​Spain, and Germany. In the Catalan city, Nissan announced in late April that it would end its operations in the region. However, about three thousand direct workers and another 27 thousand indirect workers joined union organizations to prevent the factories from closing.

“The result was, first, the postponement of the closure until 2021, without forced dismissal, and with the guarantee that the factory will be reused. There is already a project to be purchased by a battery manufacturer for electric cars ”, reports the unionist.

“Another big case was in Germany, through the country’s Metalworkers Union, which represents 1.5 million workers. They made deals with big companies, like Mercedes, and others in the auto parts industry, like Bosch. These negotiations guaranteed jobs for 10 years ”, points out Valter Sanches.

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Union denounces the death of 20 teachers by covid-19 after back to school in SP




São Paulo – The Union of Teachers of Official Education of the State of São Paulo (Apeoesp) held a demonstration today (4) denouncing the death of at least 20 teachers by covid-19 since the beginning of the return to school in the state of São Paulo Paulo. The entity also accounts for 1,861 confirmed cases of covid-19 in 850 schools. The protest took place in front of the State Department of Education of the government of João Doria (PSDB), after a motorcade through the streets of the capital of São Paulo. In addition to honoring these teachers, the act also called for an immediate suspension of classes until the new coronavirus pandemic is controlled in the state.

The demonstration began in the Masp free space, on Avenida Paulista. From there, the teachers went to the State Department of Education, at Praça da República. “It is unacceptable what the Doria government has been doing with teachers. Without closing schools, keeping thousands of teachers and staff and millions of students circulating every day, many in public transport, Doria and her Education Secretary reveal themselves as they are: enemies of life ”, said the president of Apeoesp and state deputy, Professor Bebel.

The Doria government has not released records of confirmed and suspected covid-19 cases in schools for two weeks. Much less if there was a death by covid-19 of teachers, students or other education workers. In the only balance sheet released on February 16, there were 741 confirmed cases and 1,133 suspected cases.


Although it claims that back to school amid the covid-19 pandemic is safe, the Doria government has restricted access to the Education Information and Monitoring System for Covid-19. With that, the governor leaves the assessment of the resumption of activities without any transparency. Only one server from each school can be registered and access the system, both to notify suspected or confirmed cases of the disease at school, and to monitor the general situation of the pandemic in the public school system.

The Secretary of State for Health of São Paulo, Jean Gorinchteyn, defended, on Tuesday (2), the closure of schools across the state due to the worsening of the pandemic of covid-19. He admitted that the increase in the circulation of people promoted by the return to school has contributed to the worsening of the transmission of the new coronavirus in recent weeks, as teachers and health experts have always said it would happen. Today, São Paulo has 17,802, with 9,910 in the ward and 7,892 in the ICU, the largest number in the entire pandemic.

“If we understand that people are threatened
against the virus, against the collapse (of the health system), we have to reevaluate
situations that could be avoided. One of them is the situation of the school. THE
The problem is not the school, but the movement of people. Teachers, students, parents
who take and bring their children. Even in public transport, the exposure that the
we end up putting people. At this point, it is worth noting that this
question of not having classes, ”said Gorinchteyn, in an interview with CBN radio.


In addition to the case records and the denunciation of the death of these teachers by covid-19, Apeoesp also highlights data from the Hospital do Servidor Público Estadual (HSPE) that shows the exhaustion of intensive care units (ICU) after returning to school. According to the internal bulletin of the HSPE, on Monday (1), the ICU occupancy for patients with covid-19 in the hospital is 95%. In wards, the occupation is 73%.

Yesterday, Doria announced that the entire state will enter the red quarantine phase for two weeks, starting on Saturday (6), due to the worsening of the covid-19 pandemic in São Paulo. However, he decided to keep the schools open. “Despite the restriction measures, state schools will continue to open their doors at the worst moment of the pandemic”, criticized Bebel, who guaranteed the continuation of the teachers’ strike, which started on February 8.

Teachers killed by covid-19 in São Paulo, according to a survey by Apeoesp:

Maria Inês Silva Frozel
Eda Balle Pulpato
Antonio Cesar Pereira
Cinthia Aparecida
Rodrigo Andrade
Regina Aparecida dos Santos Tomaz
Maria Soeiro
Maria Tereza Miguel Couto
Marcelo Shiroma
Antonio Cesar Pereira
Antônio Cesar Zenetti
Adriano Moraes
Ana Clara Macedo dos Santos
Paulo Henrique Camargo
Deolinda Scotti
Amauri Nicoletti
Guilherme Augusto de Oliveira Rebello
Luciani Andrade Serrão
Eliana Ferreira Boni
Luiz Roberto Oliveira

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