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Workers’ rights are also at stake in the House election



São Paulo – This Monday (1st) decision at the National Congress, on the choice of Rodrigo Maia’s (DEM-RJ) successors in the Chamber of Deputies and Davi Alcolumbre (DEM-AP) in the Senate, will determine the command of the next biennium, as well as voting on important guidelines that may mean losses for workers. The election by the presidency of the Legislative Houses, most likely, will indicate which agendas will or will not walk this year.

According to Dieese’s technical director, Fausto Augusto Júnior, discussions about workers’ rights in the Chamber, regardless of the group that wins the command, “will be very close to the typically neoliberal view”, evaluates Fausto in Dieese’s column in Current Brazil Radio on the candidacies of Arthur Lira (PP-AL), supported by Jair Bolsonaro, and Baleia Rossi (MDB-SP), Maia’s bet.

“Which means loss of workers’ rights and more flexible forms of hiring, hours and other rights dependent on jobs. As the government of Jair Bolsonaro also defends ”, he explains.

Independence of the Legislative

But the difference, however, is between the candidates who will maintain independence from the Executive. It is from the federal government, as Dieese mentions, for example, the proposal for Administrative “reform” that, in practice, “nullifies what we understand as public service”. “The reform seeks to end the stability of the server, proposes the outsourcing of a good part of the public service and deconstructs the careers and the organizational logic that we have been building since 1988”, contests the technical director.

As well as the discussion about tax “reform”, which can define the collection of taxes and duties. Even a new formulation on labor rights, including workers by application, in flagrant precariousness. “And the government’s proposal is more flexibility and loss of rights. But that has been somehow blocked, especially in the last year of the pandemic ”.

For Fausto, the Legislature has been “extremely necessary” to maintain “balance” in the midst of health and economic crises, including the approval of emergency aid. In addition to acting also against the “authoritarian vision” of the Bolsonaro government. “We will see now, starting with this election. The deputies remain the same as in the previous biennium, but the presidency of the House has a great deal of power, one of which is to choose the agenda that will be discussed and voted on ”, he adds.

Barrier to impeachment

Depending on who takes charge of the Chamber, a barrier can also be placed on the more than 60 requests for impeachment against Bolsonaro. Especially with the election of Lira, who avoids committing to opening a lawsuit.

Despite being a “delicate issue”, as he describes, Fausto affirms that the core of the election in the Chamber should not be the opening of the process to remove the president. “Impeachment is an effective issue from the point of view of whether or not you have committed a crime of responsibility,” he says.

The “important”, according to him, “are the agendas that will walk and, in some way, decide a lot about the future of Brazil and not only the current government. It is very important that we maintain the independence of Congress, that is, the separation of powers, which is the basis of democracy. Having an independent National Congress, which minimally discusses the important agendas for the country and decides the paths of Brazil’s future, is certainly much more important ”, defends Fausto.

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Municipal schools in São Paulo record 3 deaths and 386 cases of covid-19 after returning to school




São Paulo – Municipal schools in the city of São Paulo had three deaths from covid-19 and 569 confirmed cases among students and professionals in 256 teaching units, according to a survey by the five unions that organize municipal education workers. Some of the teachers and other education workers are still on strike demanding the suspension of face-to-face classes due to the high risk of contamination by the new coronavirus, in addition to the imminent risk of collapse in health. The Municipal Secretary of Education of the government Bruno Covas (PSDB) does not divulge the cases and says only that 12 schools had to be closed since the beginning of classes.

For workers, there are no safe conditions for resuming face-to-face classes in schools in the city of São Paulo, especially in the midst of the worsening pandemic. Among the main problems, they point to the lack of ventilation in the classrooms, materials for protection and hygiene – such as 70% alcohol gel and masks distributed by the Covas government – of low quality, impossibility to maintain the distance in early childhood education units, lack of teachers, lack of support teams.


The Covas government itself assumed that the preparation of the schools was insufficient when, two days before the return to school, it began to inform families that the resumption would be postponed, because 530 schools were still under renovation or without cleaning staff hired to work in the units.

Workers also point out that there is a lack of clarity in the protocols for cases of covid-19 in schools. In some regions, only the person with symptoms is excluded. In others, everyone who had contact. In still others, the entire school is closed. Workers attribute this situation to the dismantling of the Health Surveillance Coordination (Covisa), last year, the body responsible for defining health rules, but which today is subordinate to the Municipal Secretary of Health. And, therefore, without decision-making power.

According to the Union of Workers in Public Administration and Municipalities in the Municipality of São Paulo (Sindsep), the resumption of classroom activities in schools in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic was not preceded by a technical opinion that estimated the risks, made projections and defined clearly the procedures when cases of covid-19 appeared in schools. Sindsep says that the information was passed on by professionals from the Municipal Health Secretariat, at the Technical Desk of Covid-19, on February 23.

Political and authoritarian

The RBA questioned the Municipal Health Department four times about the technical opinion that supported the resumption of face-to-face classes in schools amid the covid-19 pandemic, but had no answer. Last year, Covisa took a stand against back to school on several occasions. This year, however, the Covas government decided that the resumption could take place even during the red and orange phases of the quarantine, when the risk of contamination by the new coronavirus is substantially greater.

“The decision of Covas and the municipal education secretary, Fernando Padula, in February, was a political decision, without a favorable technical opinion from health experts from the city itself, or from Covisa, an organ that was dismantled by Covas and lost its autonomy . Health was consulted only on the elaboration of protocols for the functioning of schools, but not on the epidemiological risks of reopening at that time. This statement belies the Municipal Department of Education, which has stated that the reopening of schools has been based on the position of the Municipal Department of Health, ”said the president of Sindsep, Sérgio Antiqueira.

Workers are studying to report the situation to the Municipal Health Council and the Public Ministry

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