President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) will launch a package of labor measures today, in an event scheduled to take place in the late afternoon, at Palácio do Planalto. According to a report in the newspaper O Globo, among the proposals is the permission to use the FGTS (Fundo de Garantia do Tempo de Serviço) for women to pay for day care for their children and the extension of deadlines and limits for apprentice contracts.
In search of reelection, the two proposals that will be presented today by the president target the female electorate and young people, segments in which he has low approval, according to polls of voting intentions. In three different polls, Bolsonaro’s support among women ranges from 21% to 25%, while former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) obtains almost half of the voting intentions.
According to the report, the details of the measures are being finalized by the government’s technical area and will be released at an event entitled “New Delivery Ceremony of the Income and Opportunity Program”, at 5 pm.
The package provides, according to the newspaper, the creation of a daycare reimbursement line for children between four months and five years of age. Another idea is to allow women to use FGTS money to pay for qualification courses, in addition to the possibility of suspending the employment contract so that they can take courses offered by employers.
In March, the government launched a package with the potential to inject BRL 150 billion into the economy by the end of this year. The package allows all workers who have FGTS accounts to withdraw up to R$1,000 from the fund.
Privately, members of the newspaper told the report that a seal will be created to encourage the generation of jobs for women. The program, called “Employs + Women and Youth”, will be created by MP (Provisional Measure).
The program also foresees, according to O Globo, the modernization of the professional apprenticeship rules foreseen in the CLT (Consolidation of Labor Laws).
For the younger public, the duration of the employment contract is extended from two to three years and, in some cases, up to four years.
In apprenticeship programs that involve activities prohibited to persons under the age of 21, such as transportation and security, the age limit will be 29 years old.
The proposal also provides for the possibility of eight hours a day for apprentices who have already completed high school, according to the report.
According to O Globo, the government should also create a temporary hiring regime in rural areas to formalize these workers.