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  • Metallurgical workers in defense of public social security, Brazil, Feb. 14, 2020.

    Metallurgical workers in defense of public social security, Brazil, Feb. 14, 2020. | Photo: Twitter/ @smabc

Published 14 February 2020
Opinion

Workers are performing the "National Day Against the Dismantling of Social Security." 

Brazil's Central Labor Federation (CUT) and other workers' organizations Friday perform the "National Day against the Dismantling of Social Security" to draw attention to the policies that President Jair Bolsonaro implements in the National Social Security Institute (INSS).

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Currently, the INSS faces a crisis that started in prior administrations but went to worse with the increase of long queues for attention in its agencies.

The Brazilian security institute accumulates about 2 million petitions of social benefits like pension, retirement, sick leave, and unemployment support.

In an attempt to solve the situation, the Bolsonaro administration hired former military to give support to the agency and accelerate its services.​​​​​​

Due to austerity policies, INSS is not replacing workers who retire, which means that it loses its capacity to meet the population's demands regarding retirement, sick leave payments, and maternity renderings, among others.

For instance, the maternity salary delay used to be granted in 20 minutes but now the process can take even a month.

Between 2016 and 2019, the number of INSS employees dropped from 33,000 to 23,000, for workers that served directly were transferred to intern functions.

Workers fear that the Brazilian government's negligence brings a risk that the chaos in the INSS extents to other public services.

“The situation could be repeated in other sectors such as health and education, which suffered budget cuts on the first year of Bolsonaro's administration” the CUT spokesperson Sergio Nobre denounced. ​​​​​​​

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