Three PSOL parliamentarians filed a representation with the Public Ministry of the State of São Paulo (MPSP) against governor Tarcísio de Freitas (Republicans) and São Paulo Secretary of Education Renato Feder for collective moral damages, last Tuesday (26).
Federal deputy Luciene Cavalcante, state deputy Carlos Giannazi and councilor Celso Giannazi allege that the São Paulo government is not passing on the social security contributions of approximately 100,000 teachers hired by the state to the National Social Security Institute (INSS).
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According to deputy Luciene Cavalcante, the São Paulo State Department of Education (Seduc) has not updated the system for insured teachers since October 2022, the Digital Bookkeeping System for Tax, Social Security and Labor Obligations (eSocial).
“It turns out that eSocial feeding has become mandatory since October 2022. (…) In this way, the INSS does not obtain the necessary information about the transfer of social security contributions from teachers hired by the State of São Paulo, due to lack of feeding of the system that is mandatory”, say the congressmen in the representation.
To Brasil de Fato, the deputy classified the situation as “very serious and alarming”. In this context, when teachers, for example, need to take leave due to illness, they are unable to access help. “We are following thousands of cases of teachers who are unable to access the right to medical leave, maternity leave and even retirement because their name is not in the INSS records”, says Cavalcante.
“It is irresponsible and disrespectful towards the humanity of these people. It hurts people’s dignity. This is yet another attack from this government that despises education, its teachers, despises textbooks, and we cannot continue in this way. It is the employer’s responsibility to register and make payments to the INSS”, said the deputy.
In the representation made to the MPSP, the parliamentarians cite the case of professor Eliane de Assis Monteiro, hired since 2015. The professor has been without any type of income for six months after needing to take time off work due to breast cancer. As her registration is not up to date, however, Monteiro was unable to obtain INSS leave and had to sell her furniture to support herself.
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Parliamentarians also asked the Federal Revenue Service to investigate the case, considering that it is the body responsible for investigations into the collection and inspection of contributions and transfers of this type. To date, however, there has been no response to the letter filed on September 12.
On the 18th of the same month, congressmen had already filed a first representation with the Public Ministry of the State of São Paulo requesting an investigation into the case.
Brasil de Fato sent a request for a position on the case to the government of Tarcísio de Freitas. But, until the publication of this report, there was no response. The space is open for speeches.
Editing: Rodrigo Durão Coelho