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Fighting outsourcing law in Brazil

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25 June, 2015A delegation of Brazilian trade unions and labour representatives met at the International Labour Conference (ILC) to discuss a proposed law which will allow private employers to use outsourcing indiscriminately.

The proposed law opening up for using contract workers without any limitations has been discussed for more than a decade. After having been effectively blocked for several years, employers in the country have managed to get the bill adopted by the House of Representatives. The text is now in the Senate for a vote.

If the law is passed, as many as 34 million workers risk becoming precarious. Participants at the meeting voiced their fears over an increase in workplace accidents – already precarious workers represent 80 per cent of those accidents, lower salaries, and worsened working conditions.