13/03/2018 Society

Government does not rule out privatization of the Post Office

Even with the decision of the Higher Labor Court (TST), which obliges employees of the Post Office and its dependents to pay tuition to maintain health insurance, the government does not rule out the privatization of the public company.

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Brasilia, Brasil (03/13/2018).- The Minister of Science and Technology, Innovations and Communications, Gilberto Kassabr, participates today tuesday march 13 th, 2018, in the program Inside the Government of TV NBR.

José Cruz / Agência Brasil/ Lana (03/13/2018)

 
 

"The post office is in a very difficult situation. I know it's very difficult to cut workers' rights, the sadder it is for you to close a company because it is insolvent, "said Minister of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications, Gilberto Kassab.

"The Brazilian government, faced with the very difficult economic environment, has made it clear that the Treasury will not place funds in the Post Office," he said, explaining that the company's management is evaluating the new reality in the face of the TST decision. "Either the Post Office is reducing its expenses or going through a privatization process," he said during his participation, today (13), in TV NBR's Inside Government Program.

Yesterday (12), the court dismissed the collective bargaining action that had been filed by the Post Office last year, when there was no agreement between employees and management on the revision of Postal Health under the Collective Bargaining Agreement (ACT).

The main change is the introduction of the monthly payment of employees and their dependents (spouses and children), according to age and remuneration. Until then, the employees and their family members who used the plan paid only a percentage per consultation or examination, according to a plan remuneration table.

 

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Brasilia, Brasil (03/13/2018).- The Minister of Science and Technology, Innovations and Communications, Gilberto Kassabr, participates today tuesday march 13 th, 2018, in the program Inside the Government of TV NBR.

José Cruz / Agência Brasil/ Lana (03/13/2018)

According to Kassab, the company's initial proposal was broader, providing for the maintenance of the plan only for active and retired employees and the creation of another plan for all dependents. In addition to the more than 140 thousand active employees and retirees of the Post Office, Postal Health served another 250 thousand people, totaling approximately 400 thousand lives.

For the National Federation of Postal, Telegraph and Similar Workers (Fentect), the company does not charge the federal government or the citizen's pocket with tax collection. "On the contrary, it is the government that has withdrawn money from the company, with no return, in the last years, about R $ 6 billion," he said. "With all the errors and political interferences in the administration of the Post Office, the state's management promotes these and other withdrawals of the workers' own rights, holding them responsible for the damages of the ECT."

According to the Secretary General of Fentect, José Rivaldo da Silva, the Post Office is in a process of scrapping. "It will not privatize the Post Office, but it will take what we have good and deliver the private initiative, such as logistics, the Sedex brand and the branch network. The Post Office is a viable company, it needs to be better managed, "he said.

Regarding the TST decision, Silva says that it will be difficult for the workers because the payment of the health plan will end up reducing even more the salary of the category. The average salary of postal workers is R $ 1,600, "the worst salary between public and state companies," according to the federation.

 

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