The Minister of Labor and Employment, Luiz Marinho, has a scheduled visit to Rio Grande do Sul next Monday (20). He should stay in the state for two days to discuss measures and actions that prevent new cases of work analogous to slavery in the region.
This will be Marinho’s first visit to RS since he took office. The scheduled agenda includes meetings with representations of workers, businessmen and parliamentarians.
The arrival of the minister takes place at the time of an increase in cases. According to auditors from the Ministry of Labor (MTE) in RS, the number of workers rescued from slave labor in RS has tripled since 2021. That year, labor auditors rescued 69 victims in the state. However, in 2022, there were 156 and, in 2023, there are almost 300.
According to the minister’s advisory, meetings will be held in Porto Alegre, Bento Gonçalves, Caxias do Sul and Uruguaiana. Federal senators and deputies will also be in the entourage. Marinho is yet to meet with Governor Eduardo Leite (PSDB), whom he has already called to set up the meeting, which should take place next Tuesday (21).
On the same day, Marinho should go to the Legislative Assembly to speak with state deputies. Meetings by the minister with wine and rice producers are also planned, but date and location have yet to be confirmed.
“We are going to dialogue to reach an agreement to prevent this situation from happening again. I believe that this type of fact does not interest anyone. It is unacceptable that situations like those registered recently still happen, not only in Rio Grande, but in several parts of the country. We need to put an end to that,” said Marinho.
Audience with centrals
Furthermore, the minister will hold a meeting with the trade union centrals. According to the president of CUT/RS, Amarildo Cenci, strategies to combat new cases will be put on the table, considering that the fight against work analogous to slavery has been hampered by unrestricted outsourcing, the dismantling of inspection structures and by labor reform.
The director recalls that the topic was on the agenda at the seminar “Decent work, yes! Slave work, no!”, held last Friday (10th), at the Caxias do Sul City Council, where the trade union centrals presented a manifesto with concrete measures to combat slave labor.
*With information from CUT/RS
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Source: BdF Rio Grande do Sul
Editing: Marcelo Ferreira
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