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2 Feb 2022

International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations (IUF)

Brazil: IUF seek support to reject proposals which will weaken health & safety regulations in meat processing industries

Agência Brasil - EBC

"Meatworkers’ health and safety under attack in Brazil", 02 February 2022

...The IUF is calling on members of the Ministry of Labour of Brazil to reject proposals to withdraw or amend NR 36, the regulations which govern health and safety in the meat and poultry industry.

The adoption of NR 36 in meat and poultry processing in 2013 was a major advance in Brazil and inspired the adoption of similar standards throughout Latin America. NR 36 is in compliance with International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 155, the international standard on occupational health and safety.

The Brazilian Government adopted NR 36 following 15 years of national and international campaigning for safer meat and poultry workplaces. NR 36 aims to halt the epidemic of repetitive strain and other injuries by regulating work practices to prevent such injuries. Repealing or amending this measure would significantly undermine the safety of over 500,000 workers in the industry. NR 36 guarantees the participation of workers and their trade unions in developing and monitoring health and safety in the workplace in line with international standards including C155.

Today, in the midst of a global pandemic, Brazilian authorities, backed by powerful corporate interests, are preparing to withdraw or seriously weaken NR 36.

SIGN THE PETITION...to send a message to the Brazilian government that you support the campaign to defend health and safety regulations in Brazil’s meat industry...