A special Brazilian Chamber of Deputies committee on Tuesday approved a government-sponsored bill designed to make labor relations in the country more flexible. The committee voted 27-10 in favor of the main body of the bill in a major victory for the administration of President Michel Temer. The bill could see a full vote by the Chamber of Deputies later this week, although leftist opposition parties say they will attempt to defeat it outright or load it with crippling amendments. Under the proposed legislation, collective bargaining agreements would take precedence over rules stipulated by the country’s decades-old Consolidated Labor Code. The bill also creates more flexible rules for working at home, part-time employment and other variations on conventional labor arrangements. The bill is bitterly opposed by labor unions, who are threatening a nationwide transportation shutdown on Friday in protest against both the labor proposal and reforms to the country’s pension system.
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