After France, Brazil officially enters the neo-Feudal era!
Mission accomplished. The global neoliberal regime managed to extend officially its neo-Feudal transformation beyond Europe, this time in Brazil. After Greece, as the experimental field for the neo-Feudal conditions, France, where last year the French government (part of which was current president, Emmanuel Macron) passed an unprecedented anti-labor law, the turn of Brazil has come.
Alarms were activated right after Dilma Rousseff lost power through a constitutional coup and replaced by one of the most corrupted right-wing politicians, Michel Temer. One of his missions was to turn the course of Brazil away from leftist policies, towards neoliberalism. This has been proved now through the labor reform bill he passed on Tuesday night that has drawn angry reactions from trade unions and the Brazilian left.
TeleSur revealed some of the most shocking changes:
- If a worker is contracted as “intermittent” (article 443), she or he is not guaranteed the minimum wage, holidays, or a Christmas bonus. These will be up to the employer.
- Workers will no longer be able to choose which worker's union represents them. She or he will be obliged to accept all decisions made by arbitrarily selected unions.
- After collective bargaining negotiations, severely weakened by the arbitrary selected of the trade union, employers will be legally allowed to eliminate previously established workers' rights.
- If a worker's arbitrarily selected union implements a norm that is damaging to union members, then no member will have the legal right to contest the measure in court.
- A worker's physical safety is valued in accordance with each worker's wages. In other words, if a worker suffers an accident at work, (roughly 700,000 occur each year in Brazil and even former president, Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, lost a finger while operating heavy equipment) “your life is worth how much you earn” according to article 223-G.
- If a worker, for whatever reason, fails to attend a court hearing related to her or his accident, the worker will be obliged to reimburse the State for expenses incurred. She or he will also have to pay back the company's legal fees.
- Workers who earn more than $685 a month and are fired from their position without receiving past wages or a severance package will be required to pay their own legal fees to bring the case to the Justice Department. Litigation could take years and there's no guarantee that the worker will receive a favorable ruling. Also, a worker's rent, children's school fees, or any other personal expenses will not be taken into consideration when determining the legal fees he or she must pay.
- The termination of contracts "by mutual accord" will be implemented. In other words, formal job layoffs will be a thing of the past. Workers can simply be asked to kindly leave the premises.
- Pregnant women will not be protected against working in unhealthy environments. That includes working in noisy, dusty, sunny, and other harmful environments as long as a doctor authorizes it.
As Dilma Rousseff tweeted: Brazil is in mourning. After 74 years of victories, by 50 votes the Senate handed workers a defeat.
O Brasil está de luto. Depois de 74 anos de conquistas, por 50 votos, o Senado impõe derrota aos trabalhadores. A CLT está morta.— Dilma Rousseff (@dilmabr) July 12, 2017
The onslaught of the global neoliberal regime in various forms around the world will be continued. The more the elites see that the traditional political center which serves neoliberalism is squeezed by 'radicalism', the more brutal this onslaught will become. Yet, what they truly afraid, is the left 'radicalism'. It can be depicted in Brazil, Venezuela, but also inside the 'heart of the beast', where Bernie Sanders in the US and Jeremy Corbyn in the UK enjoy a rapidly rising popularity, coming - to a significant degree - from the youth.
As long as the regime realizes that threat can come also from inside the traditional centers of neoliberalism, we should expect more repression measures, provocative operations, constitutional coups, unprecedented propaganda campaigns, internet control, etc. Stay ready and alarmed. The war will be continued and it will be harder than ever.