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    A protest against Temer's proposal to reform Brazil's social security system in front of the Se Cathedral in Sao Paulo. | Photo: CUT Brasil

Published 10 November 2017

A survey by the Vox Populi Institute released Thursday said 81 percent of Brazilians disapprove of the new labor law.

Trade unions and social movements in Brazil are protesting the labor and pension reforms promoted by the government of Michel Temer in 24 state capitals throughout the South American country.

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Called the National Day of Mobilization in defense of rights, sovereignty, and democracy, the marches are being held a day before a labor flexibilization law goes into effect Saturday.

The objective of the text, according to analysts in the Intersindical Department of Statistics and Socioeconomic Studies is to extend the protection to companies and leave workers unprotected.

"It creates instruments to legalize practices that make work precarious, reduce or prevent union protection and leave the worker exposed to the coercion of companies in the definition of their rights," said Clemente Ganz Lucio, director of Dieese.

"In Curitiba, the protest began a while ago in the center of the city. In Boca Maldita. #DerrubaReforma."

The protests began at 8:00 a.m. local time in the city of Teresina, state of Piaui, and will end with a large action called at 6:00 p.m. in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul.

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The Forum of Trade Unions said in a statement it is also against the retirement system reform and called for congress to take upon its debate. They said they were against "government regulations that modify the concept of work similar to slavery."

A survey by the Vox Populi Institute released Thursday said 81 percent of Brazilians disapprove of the new labor law, while only 6 percent agree with the changes.

In the southeast region of Brazil, its rejection increases to 89 percent and in the south, it decreases to 60 percent.

According to the survey, 67 percent believe the new legislation is only good for employers, 1 percent believe that it favors workers, and 6 percent think it is good for both.

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