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Brazilian bishop backs national strike to oppose government austerity plan

April 26, 2017

A Brazilian bishop has endorsed a national strike, called by union leaders for April 28 to protest the government’s plans for labor and pension reforms.

“I urge you all to take part, to make the call for justice and dignity,” said Bishop Francesco Biasin of Barra do Piraí-Volta Redonda. “This is a just cause: to defend acquired rights, and the dignity of every person, especially the poor and the helpless.”

The proposed legislation would raise the retirement age and trim workers’ benefits, as part of a plan to cut enormous government budget deficits.

 
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  • Posted by: nix898049 - Apr. 28, 2017 12:14 PM ET USA

    An interesting turn of phrase, acquired rights/rights acquired. Don't the bishops understand if they agree the govt grants 'rights' there can be no argument when it takes them away?

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Apr. 26, 2017 10:40 PM ET USA

    This article is not very clear. Considering the debts of the country if something not done then bankruptcy Will occur hurting all but particularly the poor. The U.S. is not much better.