SAO PAULO – Labor unions mounted demonstrations and job actions across Brazil on Wednesday to protest against a bill in Congress that would allow outsourcing in all areas of the economy.
Demonstrators temporarily stopped traffic on main highways in Sao Paulo, the country’s most populous and industrialized state.
Activists affiliated with the CUT, Brazil’s largest labor federation, blocked traffic for about 30 minutes near Guarulhos International, South America’s busiest airport, which serves Sao Paulo city.
Autoworkers organized assemblies at the Volkswagen, Daimler and Ford plants in Sao Paulo state, while unionized employees at Brazil’s major ports planned a work-to-rule action.
Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva – who once led a metalworkers union – said Tuesday night that the fight against outsourcing is “a question of honor.”
Despite the opposition of leftist lawmakers and of President Dilma Rousseff’s Workers Party, the lower house of Congress approved the bill to extend to all sectors the possibility of hiring workers outside the framework of collective bargaining agreements.
The labor regime that has developed in Brazil since the 1940s “will be thrown in the trash” if outsourcing is allowed.