New version of Lula’s guidelines softens labor reform

The final version of the guidelines of the government program of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT), who will try to return to the Planalto Palace, softened the proposal to review the labor reform made by the Michel Temer government. The text, however, maintains the repeal of the spending ceiling, criticizes the privatization of Petrobras, includes agrarian reform, the PT’s historic banner, and defends a secular public education.

In the new document, which will be officially released at 10 am by Lula, his deputy, former governor Geraldo Alckmin (PSB), and the presidents of the other parties that make up the coalition, there is now a mention of a “extensive debate and negotiation” new labor legislation “extensive social protection for all forms of occupation, employment and employment relationships”. The text, however, still mentions the repeal of the “regressive milestones of current labor legislation”. Read the entirety (1.3 MB) of the document.

The guidelines point out that there will be special attention to self-employed, domestic and teleworking workers mediated by apps and platforms. In the 1st version released on June 6, the document expressly mentioned former president Michel Temer (MDB). Now just quote “the last renovation” and says that there will be free access to the Labor Court. Temer’s labor reform established the payment of procedural costs in cases of absence from hearings, as well as the fees of the winning party’s lawyers and expert evidence in the event of loss of action.

The revision of the spending ceiling was maintained in the document. Lula has defended in speeches the “Inclusion of the poor in the Budget” as a way to reduce inequalities in the country. “We are going to put the poor and the workers back on the budget. For this, it is necessary to revoke the spending ceiling and review the current Brazilian tax regime, which is currently dysfunctional and lacking in credibility”says the text.

The spending ceiling rule states that the maximum spending that the government can have is equivalent to the previous year’s Budget, corrected only for inflation.

The parties also claim to oppose “tightly” the privatization of Petrobras, PPSA (Pré-Sal Petróleo SA), Eletrobras and Correios.

They defend that Petrobras is a company “integrated energy”with investments in exploration, production, refining and distribution, but also acting in the ecological and energy transition, such as gas, fertilizers, biofuels and renewable energies.

Regarding the privatization of Eletrobras, concluded by the current government, the text indicates a possible renationalization of the company in the event of Lula’s eventual victory. The former president has defended this possibility several times.

“We need to recover its role as the heritage of the people, preserving our energy sovereignty, and enabling programs such as Luz para Todos, which will continue, and a sustainable policy of low tariffs”says the text.

The text says that it is a priority task to change the economic policy to fight inflation and price increases, especially for food, fuel and electricity.

President Jair Bolsonaro has been under pressure in recent days because of rising prices, especially diesel and gasoline. Former Petrobras president José Mauro Ferreira Coelho resigned from his position and his seat on the company’s Board of Directors this Monday (June 20, 2022).

“The current government has renounced the use of important instruments to fight inflation, starting with the fuel price policy, in addition to abandoning sectoral policies that encourage increased production of critical goods. On the other hand, it implements a policy of high interest rates, which slows down economic recovery and worsens unemployment, but with little impact on inflation, generated basically by a cost shock.”says the guidelines document.

like the Power 360 anticipated, the guidelines also deal with the fight against illegal mining in the country and says that the activity will be “hard fought”, especially in the Amazon. The text defends a stimulus to greater internal industrial chaining in the sector and a commitment to the environment.

The document defends union restructuring, with union autonomy and the encouragement of collective bargaining. The preliminary version vetoed the return of the union tax. Now, the text says that the “decisions on solidarity and democratic financing of the union structure”.

The new version of the guidelines also points out the need for educational recovery for students who were left behind because of the interruption of classes during the pandemic. According to the text, this modality would be applied together with regular education, so that students can overcome the “severe learning deficit”. The text also defends the “strengthening of universal, democratic, free, quality, socially referenced, secular and inclusive public education, with public appreciation and recognition of its professionals”.

Mentions of public security were also expanded, with the inclusion of the need to value police officers. “Listening and dialogue channels will be implemented with professionals, biopsychosocial care programs, and actions to promote and guarantee respect for their identities and diversities”says the text.

The preliminary version of the guidelines also included the responsibility of the State to coordinate “a public policy of care and guarantee to women the exercise of their sexual and reproductive rights, essential policies for the construction of a more equal society”.

After criticism from more conservative sectors and Lula’s allies, the passage was deleted from the current document. There is now only the mention of strengthening the SUS (Sistema Único de Saúde) to ensure that all women “have access to disease prevention and that they are attended to according to the particularities of each stage of their lives”.

With 121 points, the new guidelines reduced the direct mention of PT governments and started to call PT administrations in charge of the country “our popular governments”. The exchange of words is an attempt to reduce the party’s hegemony in Lula’s coalition, made up of PT, PSB, PC do B, Rede, Psol, PV and Solidarity.

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