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Union centrals call for their third national strike this year in Brazil

The trade union confederations of Brazil announced today that on December 5 they will carry out a new national strike, the third so far this year, to protest against the reform of the retirements promoted by the Government of President Michel Temer.

Rio de Janeiro, Nov 24 (EFE) .- The Brazilian trade union centers announced today that on December 5 they will carry out a new national strike, the third so far this year, to protest against the pension reform promoted by the government of President Michel Temer.

The strike was called for a day before the date on which the Government intends to to present to Congress the new text of its proposal to reform the pension and retirement system, which, in view of the bulging fiscal deficit of the country, seeks to hinder the access of Brazilians to these benefits.

The stoppage was announced after a meeting in which representatives of the Single Workers' Center (CUT, largest union of Brazilian unions and aligned to parties on the left), Fuerza Sindical (second largest and aligned with centrist formations), the General Union of Workers (UGT), the Central Workers of Brazil (CTB) and five other smaller centrals.

"The centrals summon all the union entities and the social movements to carry out a broad mobilization in their bases, assemblies, events, debates and other activities in the process of organizing a national strike on December 5 against the reform that ends the right to retirement of Brazilian workers ", according to the joint statement they disclosed.

The plants said their purpose is to prevent Congress from approving a new reform that violates workers' rights.

Entre other modifications, the reform establishes the minimum age for retiring in Brazil 62 years for women and 65 for men and it foresees that the beneficiary will only receive the total of his pension if you check 40 years of contribution to Social Security.

A draft reform to the retirement scheme presented last year by the Government was approved in May, by 23 votes in favor and 14 against, by a commission of the Chamber of Deputies, but the Government decided to remove it from the guideline before it reached the plenary after recognizing that it would hardly be approved.

The government developed a new project, supposedly more flexible than the previous one, and presented it this week at a meeting that Temer had with parliamentarians from the parties that they support it, although parliamentary sources assure that the unpopular proposal will hardly happen a few months before the presidential and legislative elections of October 2018.

The project it must be approved by a three-fifths majority in the lower house (308 votes of the 513 deputies) before it can be sent for consideration by the Senate and even the president of the House, Rodrigo Maia, recognizes that at this time the Government does not have enough support.

Since he replaced in the Presidency to Dilma Rousseff, who was dismissed in August of the year Due to irregularities in the handling of budgets, Temer has promoted a series of harsh reforms, on which he affirms that they are the key to the country's economic recovery after two years of deep recession.

Notable among these reforms is labor, which made hiring more flexible to combat unemployment and came into effect this month, which led to the two strikes this year, one in May and another in June, after almost two decades without major strikes in the country.

The two previous strikes did not come to paralyze the country due to the little adhesion of the employees of the transport sectors, but the trade union centrals warned that in December they intend to mobilize mainly the transport workers public to achieve a greater effect.

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