The Minister of Labor and Employment, Luiz Marinho, has already arrived in Rio Grande do Sul for a two-day agenda of meetings and debates “for the end of work analogous to slavery”, according to the title of his article published in this Monday’s edition. (20) in the newspaper Zero Hour.
Marinho met early this Monday morning at the Bento Gonçalves city hall with Mayor Diogo Siqueira (PSDB), federal and state deputies, authorities and leaders of CUT-RS and unions.
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At 4 pm, the minister will be available to the press for a press conference. The venue will be the Legislative Assembly, in the Adão Pretto Convergence Room (ground floor).
In the late afternoon, at 6:30 pm, he will be present at the public hearing of the Economics Commission of the Legislative Assembly, at Teatro Dante Barone, in downtown Porto Alegre, which will have as its theme “Decent work, yes! Slave work, no!”.
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Read the minister’s full article
For the end of work analogous to slavery
May the message be crystal clear. Combating work in situations analogous to slavery will receive the highest level of priority from our government. Operations such as those that freed more than two hundred workers who found themselves in these conditions working for wineries in the State will continue whenever our inspection is faced with this reality or that complaints reach our ministry. The throwback to the times of incivility has stuck to the last four years.
The determination we received from President Lula is to work tirelessly to increase the formalization of work in Brazil. In its most diverse forms. Precariousness and exploitation do not match the modern society we want to build.
The violence that situations like these represent is unacceptable. And everyone loses. Workers lose, who see themselves objectified, with disrespected rights, poor health, lives at risk, destroyed in their dignities.
And serious businessmen also lose, who suffer from unfair competition and the stain that the practice dumps on their segment. Market losses – local and worldwide – and the value of their brands are immediate consequences for those companies that commit this crime.
Today and tomorrow, I visit Rio Grande do Sul with an open mind to, based on a frank and direct conversation – as is characteristic of the people of Rio Grande do Sul –, involve workers’ unions and representatives of the business community in the construction of a great pact for the eradication of slave or slave-like work in gaucho territory.
Movement that we will take to the whole country. Because just as it is not only in the wine sector that we identify such inhumanities, it is not only in Rio Grande do Sul either.
The big deal that the previous government made with obscurantism was translated into the dismantling of the inspection structure and into a certain tacit authorization for barbarism to take hold.
We will say a firm no to this reality. A sonorous enough will echo, spreading to all corners of Brazil the return to legality in capital-labor relations.
* With information from CUT-RS
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Source: BdF Rio Grande do Sul
Editing: Katia Marko
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