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UPDATED: 10:48, April 24, 2007
Transport employees strike to protest labor rights changes in Brazil
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Employees of the Sao Paulo public transportation system on Monday went on strike to protest against changes to labor rights in Brazil.

Traffic there was paralyzed due to the protest, as public buses and subway trains did not run for two hours across the city. The Traffic Engineering Company registered a peak of 120 kilometers of traffic jams.

The strike was simultaneously held in municipalities in the countryside of Sao Paulo state. Some schools in Sorocaba had to cancel classes for the day due to the lack of transportation facilities.

The strike was prompted by the imminence of the approval of a law included in the package of reforms on operations of the internal revenue service operations.

According to the so-called Amendment 3, IRS inspectors will no longer be allowed to fine companies that hold employment contracts that pretend to follow Brazil's labor law but actually establish alternative regulations.

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva vetoed the bill in March, but the nation's Congress is still trying to promulgate it.

Strikers believed that the amendment represents a threat to labor rights, as companies would not have to respect laws that created a series of benefits to workers.

Source: Xinhua

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