The government of São Paulo announced an optional point in state public services in the state capital this Tuesday (3), the day of a unified strike by workers at Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos (CPTM), Metrô and Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado of São Paulo (Sabesp) against the privatization projects of public services.
According to a statement released this Monday (2) by the government headed by Tarcísio de Freitas (Republicans), only essential services will operate normally, such as public security and emergencies in medical services, as well as the popular restaurants of the Bom Prato chain.
On the other hand, classes in the state network will be suspended. Furthermore, non-emergency consultations at Specialty Medical Outpatient Clinics (AME) and consultations at Poupatempo units on this date will not be carried out, and will have to be rescheduled.
Also on Monday afternoon, São Paulo City Hall announced the suspension of vehicle rotation this Tuesday due to the strike. With this, cars with final license plates 3 or 4 will be able to circulate in the city throughout the day. However, the rotation of license plates for heavy vehicles (trucks) has not been suspended.
The city of São Paulo also created a special operation for public transport by bus, with 100% of the fleet circulating in the city. Some lines will have their routes expanded, reaching locations closer to the main centers of commerce and services. Check out the details by clicking here.
Contrary to what will happen with the state public network, schools and daycare centers in the São Paulo municipal education network will open this Tuesday. The city council decided to maintain their operation due to the large number of children enrolled in daycare centers whose guardians go to work.
No free turnstile
Although the Court has pressured the unions, ordering the maintenance of rail transport services with 100% of the workforce during peak hours and 80% during other periods, the category’s demonstrations are confirmed.
Rail transport workers proposed, as usual, the release of the turnstiles – so that passengers could travel without charging a ticket –, but the government requested, and the courts accepted the veto on this measure, “due to the high risks of riots and possible accidents at stations”.
In the case of Sabesp, the Court required the attendance of 85% of the contingent of workers, but, according to the category’s union, this number is not reached on any “normal” day of operation, due to the large number of absences caused by the process company scrapping.
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Representatives of workers’ unions filed a request for a hearing with the governor with the state government to discuss the issue. Despite having received an official response stating that the demand would be evaluated, the meeting was never scheduled.
The unified strike is another step in the joint struggle of groups of public transport and sanitation workers. Allied with other entities, they organize a popular plebiscite, which aims to hear from 1 million citizens about the privatization proposals. The plebiscite ballot boxes will pass through different parts of the state of São Paulo until November 5th.
Editing: Geisa Marques