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With more than 90% in the private sector, bankers approve an agreement. For metallurgists, challenge is job defense



São Paulo – One day before the base date, which is just today, bank workers ended their salary campaign after voting by 89 affiliated unions across the country. According to the National Confederation of Financial Branch Workers (Contraf-CUT), 93% of the votes in the private sector were in favor of the proposal negotiated with the National Federation of Banks (Fenaban). The percentages were slightly lower in the case of Caixa and Banco do Brasil, but still significant: 70.82% and 83.68%, respectively.

With a two-year duration, the collective agreement now provides for 1.5% of salary readjustments and an allowance of R $ 2 thousand. Benefits such as food and meal vouchers will be corrected by the INPC-IBGE, estimated at 2.74%, in addition to the fixed values ​​of profit sharing or profit sharing (PLR). For 2021, there will be an adjustment for inflation and a real increase of 0.5%, including other funds. The social clauses were maintained.

Adverse scenario

On the basis of the union of São Paulo, Osasco and Region, for example, the proposal was approved with 93.38% of the votes. In Rio de Janeiro, private bank employees accepted a similar percentage, 93.89%, reaching 72.36% at Caixa and 77.44% at BB.

“Even in an adverse scenario, with a government allied with bankers and against workers, in a pandemic that aggravated the economic crisis and with half the category in home office ”, said the president of the São Paulo union, Ivone Silva. She recalled that, during the campaign, which required 14 rounds of negotiations, including last weekend, Fenaban insisted on zero readjustments and changes for the worse in the PLR ​​rules, in addition to the withdrawal of rights.


For CUT metallurgists in the state of São Paulo, the challenge is to guarantee a clause that provides job stability, especially in this pandemic period. According to the president of FEM-CUT, the state’s federation in the category, which also has a base date of September 1, the negotiation with the various employers’ sectors remains “stuck” due, basically, to the demand for stability.

“For us, it does not make sense to close a base date without predicting that workers will have some peace of mind. And the São Paulo business community is not sensitive to this theme ”, says Luizão. According to him, companies have shown ill will and “throw everything into the account of the pandemic”.

Thus, the issue of employment is “central” in this year’s campaign. “The idea is that we take the ghost of unemployment out of the worker’s mind for a few months,” says the president of FEM-CUT. The sector had very bad months, such as June, when 8 thousand vacancies were closed. In July, 500 jobs were opened. “Recovery is expected to be quite slow.” The negotiation involves 187 thousand metalworkers.

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Festival brings together films, music and debate to debate human rights




São Paulo – The Human Rights Culture Festival, DH Fest, will bring together films, debates and musical performances, starting this Sunday (7), for free and virtually. The program, which runs until the 14th, aims to expand the cultural look at themes related to human rights. And it also sounds like a manifestation of the union of society to face the attack on rights, constantly promoted by the Bolsonaro government.

In the musical area, among the confirmed are the singer Chico César and the rapper Tássia Reis. In the debate cycle, Minas Gerais writer Conceição Evaristo, filmmaker Tata Amaral, activist Ailton Krenak and photographer Sebastião Salgado will also be present.

Festival organizers say that the proposal came about when the presence of guidelines related to human rights was noticed in national films awarded in 2020. “The films that had the most visibility, media force, repercussions had themes related to human rights. Then we will put these films together and create the festival of festivals ”, explained Francisco Cesar Filho, curator of the event, to the journalist Marilu Cabañas, from Current Brazil Radio.

The journalist and writer Bianca Santana, who is also present in the event’s grid, says that the covid-19 pandemic made the theme even more necessary. “It is a beautiful program. People are all connected looking for joint actions. Without new alliances, we will not be able to get out of this hole. This partnership between the Vladimir Herzog Institute and Sesc is important for conducting conversations that are inspiring ”, he said.

Festival schedule

The opening of the Festival of Culture in Human Rights, on Sunday, will be with a show by Chico César, at 19h. On Monday (8), the International Women’s Day, there will be a special agenda focused on the theme, with the screening of the film Kunhangue Arandu – The Wisdom of Women“.

On the same day, the debate “Women and resistance: narratives to break silences” will also take place, at 5 pm, with Conceição Evaristo and pedagogue Maria Clara Araújo, and mediation by journalist Semayat Oliveira. The day will end with the singer Tássia Reis.

During the week, the festival will also show 11 feature films, including the winner of the Best Documentary at the Cannes Film Festival, The Mountain Range of Dreams, by Patrício Guzmán. The Chilean filmmaker will also participate in the debate “My north is the south: Latin American portraits in cinema”, on Thursday (11), at 5 pm.

The program also features 26 short films and, in music, the repertoire will also include the collective Baile em Chernobyl, formed by artists who use funk to empower peripheral youth. Indian rapper Kunumi MC closes the event on the 14th.

On the 13th, at 5 pm, the debate “We are the land: the rights of nature and the future of humanity” will be held, which will receive the activist and writer Ailton Krenak and the award-winning photographer Sebastião Salgado, who will reflect on the challenges and the urgency to think of the rights of nature as human rights.

The event is held in partnership with Sesc, the Ação de Rua project – SP, the Ethos Institute and the Vladimir Herzog Institute, together with the Free Journalists, Mundo Pensante and Projetemos. The complete program can be seen on the official website of the event.

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