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Brazil – Provisional measure slammed by Trade Union

25 November 2013

The Ministry of Labour and Employment (MTE) has drafted a provisional measure that, if passed by Congress, would allow employers to hire unregistered temporary workers for a minimum of 14 days and a maximum of 60 days each year.

Sindeprestem, the Trade Union representing outsourced and temporary workers in São Paulo, has spoken out against the proposed measure.

Vander Morales, President of Sindeprestem and the National Federation of Trade Unions and Human Resources (Fenaserhtt), commented: “The proposal from MTE encouraged informality and even undermines labour relations, since we already have the Temporary Employment Law, which allows hiring labour for short periods, with all their rights guaranteed.”

“A temporary employment contract is signed between the workers and a service provider authorised by the Ministry of Labour. It may have a maximum duration of three months, with the right to extend for the same period. Under the law, a temporary worker may be hired to replace a permanent employee from the client company on medical or maternity leave, or to meet extraordinary peaks of demand. Updating the law to make it more comprehensive would be much more suitable,” Mr Morales concluded. 

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