In Minas Gerais, Zema legalizes health strike and classes

After being summoned by the Court of Justice of Minas Gerais, the Single Union of Workers in Education of Minas Gerais (Sind-UTE/MG) participated in a conciliation hearing last Tuesday (17), in which the face-to-face return of school activities was determined. from August 19th.

On the same day, at a State Assembly convened by Sind-UTE/MG, education workers decided to suspend the health strike.

The strike began on August 2 as part of the fight calendar approved by the General Council of Sind-UTE and aimed to prevent education professionals and students from being exposed to the contamination of the new coronavirus. Between the 12th and 17th of July, the union had already made a stoppage for the same purpose.

Commitments and Claims

At a hearing, the union demanded that the state government anticipate the application of the second dose of the vaccine against covid-19 for education professionals. However, no government proposals were presented in this regard.

It was also requested that nursing staff, as well as pregnant women, be kept in remote work and that rotation among education workers was guaranteed. Both requests were rejected.

It was agreed that the period from 2 to 18 August will be characterized as a lack of strike and replacement must be made in person, within 90 days. It was also agreed that Sind-UTE will have free access to schools to supervise and dialogue with the school community.

Contamination risk

According to data from the State Department of Health (SES/MG) on August 17, 52,002 deaths were accounted for in Minas by covid-19 and, in 24 hours, 3,315 new contaminations were recorded.

The general coordinator of Sind-UTE/MG, Denise Romano, showed concern with the increase in coronavirus contamination, which has become a reality in several cities in Minas Gerais, such as Belo Horizonte and Uberlândia.

“We will report all contaminations. What happens to the lives of professionals, students and school communities due to contamination in schools will be the entire responsibility of the State government. We already have situations of contamination in several regions of Minas”.

Source: BoF Minas Gerais

Edition: Rafaella Dotta

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