Brazil Senate passes labor reform with 50 favorable votes
The bill changes over a hundred items in the labor legislation
Published on 12/07/2017 - 17:25 By Paulo Victor Chagas reports from Agência Brasil - Brasília
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After protests staged throughout the day by members of the opposition, the Brazilian Senate voted 50-26 (one abstention) to approve the main text of the labor reform bill. The piece of legislation changes over 100 of the Consolidation of Labor Laws, the Brazilian labor code also known as CLT. Among other changes, employers and workers will now be able to forge deals that can prevail over previous legislation.
The controversial overhaul was slated to be voted on Tuesday morning (Jul 11), but congress members held a sit-in and prevented Senate head Eunício Oliveira from presiding over the session.
The sitting resumed seven hours after the protest, staged by Gleisi Hoffmann, Fátima Bezerra, Ângela Portela, Vanessa Grazziotin, Lídice de Mata, Regina Sousa, and Kátia Abreu. Senator José Medeiros filed a request along with 14 other members of Congress against the protesting senators with the Ethics Council for the disruption.
Translated by Fabrício Ferreira
Fonte: Brazil Senate passes labor reform with 50 favorable votes
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