Brasil - Anti-union law approved

On 13 July 2017, President Michel Temer passed Law 13469, substantially reducing the power of trade unions by eliminating the compulsory employers’ trade union contribution and providing for the establishment of non-trade union worker representative committees to negotiate employment conditions with companies. The trade unions could lose a considerable portion of their income as a result of the new law, given that the payment of union dues was previously compulsory for all workers. The ILO has published a formal complaint concerning the new law’s violation of various international agreements and conventions related to freedom of assembly and association and the right to collective bargaining and legal protection for trade union representatives. On 11 November 2017, the date on which the law came into effect, protests were staged in 24 of the country’s 26 state capitals, including Brasilia.

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