The government plans to launch measures in the labor area next week, in search of a positive agenda for President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) to use as a weapon in his reelection bid. The idea is to use the Labor Day celebrations, celebrated on May 1, as a hook.
The theme is one of the main banners of former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT), Bolsonaro’s main opponent.
The Minister of Labor and Welfare, José Carlos Oliveira, said that the measures are intended to “help Brazilian society”, but acknowledged that they can yield electoral results to Bolsonaro.
“Of course, if the president is doing a good job, and he is, he will be favored”, said Oliveira, this Wednesday (27), in a café with journalists, in Brasília.
Among the measures that will be announced is a program to formalize the intermediation of temporary workers in the countryside.
The idea is to try to combat the so-called “rural cat”, a kind of informal agency that takes workers to the countryside without labor guarantees.
According to the ministry’s executive secretary, Bruno Dalcolmo, the formalization of rural work also aims to curb the practice of human trafficking and may include workers in the social security system.
“It is part of a set of measures that we are taking for this. Inspections have been increased and we are creating alternatives to bring these people into the Social Security system”, he said.
The portfolio is also studying whether the program will be carried out by MP (provisional measure), which takes effect immediately, or whether it will be forwarded to Congress through a Bill (PL), which is only valid after approval by parliamentarians.
In addition to the program to assist rural workers, the ministry foresees the launch of other measures that seek to improve employability, especially for younger people and workers affected by the pandemic. The minister, however, did not want to detail all the measures.
According to Dalcolmo, the programs launched should not have a fiscal impact.
The Ministry of Labor also reported that it continues to work on studies to regulate work by application, dubbed “uberization”.
The topic has been discussed between government technicians and representatives of companies and workers who have been working on the platforms for at least a year and, according to the minister, the conversations have intensified in the last six months.
Despite this, there is no prediction of when the regulation will come out or what the format will be. “Everyone is going to have to give in a little bit,” Dalcolmo said.
According to the minister, it is a challenge to reconcile the interests to make the regulation viable and, despite the ministry working with the possibility of launching the rules still for this year, it is possible that there will only be progress in the negotiations from next year.