Planned airport strikes in Brazil for coming days

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  1. jbcarioca
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    As reported in O Globo today airport workers and Latam employees are planning strikes to begin during the next few days. The union, Fentac, claims that agreements were not completed last year as promised, so they now want salary increases above the level of inflation and better benefits plus bonuses. The strike will affect 50,000 workers in check-in, baggage and apron services. The Latam employees claim a lack of dialogue so plan to strike in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, Equador and Colombia, although no date has been set.

    These announced plans, vague as they are, are part of a systematic effort to provoke strikes before and during the World Cup. Other posts cover some of them.
     
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    I'm not surprised by this, especially as promises were made, but not kept.
     
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    This will be a mess if it occurs around World Cup prime travel dates.
     
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    Whether it happens remains unclear but if it does it is apparently planned to coincide with games, with which ones nobody has so far stated. There will certainly be more news forthcoming within the next few days. All indications are consistent with an effort by the PF to embarrass the current government and possibly extract generous concessions prior to the actual games. As tactics go this seems fairly likely to work. Dilma is an expert in caving in to pressure and even more expert in giving more concessions than those for which she has been asked. As has been recently observed she gets nearly all her approaches from Marx- policies from Karl and implementation style from the Brothers.
     
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    When is the next election in Brazil?
     
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    The election is October 5. Although the official campaigning period is not yet begun the electioneering is already fierce.

    President Dilma is roaming the country giving municipalities new equipment (about seven times the level of 2013 already), increasing the Bolsa Familia (public aid to poor families) eligibility terms and the value of payments well above the level of inflation. She also has created new ministries at a prodigious rate, giving her many new ministers to appoint, thus increasing political alliances in Congress. She has managed to have a total of 38 cabinet level posts, which might be a world record:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabinet_of_Brazil

    The political climate is quite tense, especially because huge corruption scandals are growing, including Petrobras, now increasingly packed with members of the PT (President Dilma's and Lula's party), purchase of a poor refinery in Texas at an exorbitant price which directly implicates President Dilma since she was the equivalent of Board Chairman at the time. Major pension funds controlled by the PT are showing gigantic losses with graft and corruption scandals increasing every day.

    Lula and Dilma insist all these things are politically motivated as, they insist, is the conviction on fraud charges and subsequent jailing of several key lieutenants of them both.

    With these events, widespread strikes and threatened strikes the atmosphere pre-World Cup might legitimately be called chaotic. The situation is exacerbated because the drug lords are resisting the efforts to clean up major cities prior to the World Cup so periodic violence erupts, usually in favelas but sometimes expanding to some fashionable neighbourhoods.
     
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    That sounds like a mess. Stay safe.
     
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    This will be a disaster and risky around the world cup schedule.
     

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