Public transport largely came to a halt across much of Brazil on Friday as protesters blocked roads and scuffled with police in a general strike to protest proposed changes to labor laws and the pension system. It is the first general strike in over two decades. Read full article
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The strike sponsored by the leftist unions was officially to protest against the reforms of the social security system and the labour laws...but in reality, it was no more than an attempt to prevent the government from doing away with one of the most absurd rules in the current labour laws, which obliges companies to discount one day's salary from every registered worker, or, 1/365th of the total yearly payroll of reg'd workers...in benefit of the thousands of unions, most of which represent nothing, supposedly in defense of the workers rights / labour negotiations...but a good part of these funds are funneled into the pockets of corrupt politicians and union leaders. So, in practise, the unions are trying to protect their own interests, in detriment of the worker ; and as usual, like all protests by the lefties, it was sponsored by the PT and the CUT, and started with the burning of tyres to block highways and inner city roads, the burning of buses, and ended up with vandalism and looting....The strange thing is that today, roughly 40% of the work force is informal, and as such, neither contributes to the unions, nor pays social security, so who do the idiotic protesters represent ? disgruntled public servants and union leaders, who have milked the country stupid for decades and don't want to see their disgusting privileges be eliminated.Apr 30th, 2017 - 11:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0