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Brazil to Eliminate Thousands of Public Sector Jobs to Curb Spending

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Dec 30, 2016, 10:47 am
Thousands of Public Sector Jobs
The cuts could save millions of dollars in 2017. (El Ají)

EspañolThe Brazilian government has declared massive job cuts in order to save millions of dollars.

Dismissals involving 4,600 civil servants will reportedly be carried out during the first half of 2017.

Some 2,962 jobs will reportedly be eliminated in January. In March, another 1,503 jobs will be gone, and then more in July.

President Michel Temer announced the integration of some state agencies such as the Secretary of Management of the Ministry of Planning and Development.

The decree is part of the plan proposed by the Brazilian government to reverse negative figures as the country closes out 2016.

 

Part of this plan involves establishing a ceiling of public spending for the next two decades, which was approved by a constitutional amendment.

Analysts expect measures to freeze domestic consumption and cause a short and medium-term increase in unemployment, which will close out the year at record levels for the country.

Unemployment in Brazil reached 12.1 million between September and November, the equivalent of 11.9 percent of the economically active population, according to statistics released today by the Institute of Geography and Statistics.

Source: ABC

Sabrina Martín Sabrina Martín

Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.

Argentine Aviation Unions Declare War on Low Cost Carriers

By: Raquel García - @venturaG79 - Dec 30, 2016, 10:34 am
American Jet is one of the low cost carriers hoping to enter the Argentine market (

Español The Argentine aviation unions have declared war on low-cost airlines. This week they threatened to mobilize a strike if the government holds a new public hearing to discuss the entry of such companies into the Argentine market. This week the government held a non-binding hearing in which the airlines Avianca, FlyBondi, Alas del Sur, American Jet, and Andes presented their business proposals to operate in the local market. Read More: Why Air Travel in Latin America is So Expensive Read More: Chavismo and Corruption? The Dark Past of LAMIA Airlines The Argentine government plans to hold another hearing on March 2017, but the unions oppose the plans, and have threatened to come out in full force if the government continues with the proposal. "We will hold a national strike if another hearing is confirmed," Edgardo Llano, general secretary of the Association of Aeronautical Personnel (APA), told a news conference. They would be joined by two pilots unions, and the Union of the Superior and Professional Personnel of Companies (UPSA). The Infobae news site highlights that unions are opposed to air routes being awarded to competitors of longtime industry players Aerolíneas Argentinas and Austral. Before going on strike in March, they will advance on two judicial fronts. Based on the experience with European low cost airlines, the unions point to the "lack of safety and security measures that ensure the low cost to passengers" and low salaries, among other points. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); The Superior and Professional Union of Commercial Airlines (UPSA), will legally challenge the public hearing held Tuesday "for legal anomalies." The head of this union, Ruben Fernandez, said that some of the companies "have no financial support. Andes and FlyBondi have a declared equity of only USD $75,000 and $6,000 respectively," he said. Likewise, the unions will file a criminal complaint against Aerolíneas Argentinas for "breach of the duties of public officials" and for not defending national sovereignty. "Airlines are obligated to oppose other companies flying their routes, and they did not do so at the hearing," Llano said. Transport Minister Guillermo Dietrich has promised a $ 1.7 billion investment by airlines over the next four years. "We want to double the number of domestic flights in the country," he said this week. Aviation unions pointed to the "low levels of safety that ensure low costs to passengers," asserted that low cost carriers pay lower salaries, and, among other things, "make the pilot pay for his training and uniform." A special report was not presented on these points, but the unions cited cases and examples of low cost carriers currently operating in Europe. Source: Infobae

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