Brazilian unionists denounce Bolsonaro's attack on workers’ OHS rights

Brazilian trade unionists denounced Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro’s attacks on workers’ right to healthy and safe workplaces during BWI’s OHS Brigades Training in São Paulo held last 27-29 October. 

The trade union leaders lamented the dangers of the government’s attempt to change the so-called regulatory norms (NRs in Portuguese) under its “modernisation program,” the same scheme which they said allowed for the passage of an anti-worker measure on outsourcing, labour reform and social security.

They said that the lack of participatory dialogues on the revision of the NRs weakens further Brazil’s labour justice institutions and legal framework, which they argued could deepen the country’s OHS problems.

In the same meeting, the labour leaders also discussed other OHS-related issues, such as the 4.0 industrial revolution, climate crisis and the challenge to recognise COVID-19 as an occupational disease. 

The activity is part of the global union’s health and safety trainings in the Latin America and the Caribbean under BWI’s OHS Brigades Global Online Training.