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).
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.