Christino Áureo, rapporteur of the provisional measure, says that the project aims to maintain around 5 million jobs

Pablo Valadares/Chamber of DeputiesCongressman Christino Áureo (PP-RJ), rapporteur of the provisional measure that created the Employment and Income Preservation Program (BEm)

the federal deputy Christino Aureo (PP-RJ), rapporteur of the provisional measure that created the Employment and Income Preservation Program (BEm), which provides for the suspension of employment contracts and the reduction of working hours and wages, says that the initiative can become a permanent policy in disaster situations. “The main objective of the provisional measure is to maintain approximately 5 million jobs. In fact, it reissues a program that was successful in 2020. Last year, the federal government contributed a significant amount of resources through companies so that, with a reduction in the working hours or suspension of the contract due to the closing of the establishment or reduction of activities resulting from the pandemic, this amount of the salary was contributed”, explained the congressman in an interview to Morning newspaper. “Companies can then make the salary range, within what would be second unemployment, be partially or completely covered and, instead of the company firing, it keeps the employee.” To preserve the 5 million jobs, the planned investment is in the order of R$ 10 billion. “The measure is valid for 120 days and has the chance of being extended, and we intend to make it look like a trigger for the future. In other words, in similar situations, we will have an instrument already enshrined by Congress that can be activated by the federal government”.

About the job market, Áureo believes that the measures should focus on young people between 18 and 29 years old, who are having difficulty entering the job market, and on the public over 55 years old, who are unable to relapse. According to the deputy, around 58% of young people who are neither working nor studying are able to enter the labor market. The congressman also detailed other programs: the Productive Inclusion Bonus (BIP) and the First Opportunity and Reintegration into Employment Program (Priore). “We will create, already with some formalized bond, the Productive Inclusion Bonus, which is a non-formalization in the CLT professional model, and the Priore, which is a formal contract with exemption for companies to hire”, he detailed. “The project aims not only to supply the current moment, which is an emergency, through BEm, but to make us gradually move out of the crisis and put people in a more secure situation”, completes Áureo. The congressman believes that the preliminary opinion should be ready in the first week of July. “This prior opinion is something we have discussed with both the government and opposition parties and this is something we intend to do in the first week of July. The formalization, of course, depends on the progress of these matters, on the extent to which they materialize and we understand that the text is able to prosper in a more agile way”, said Áureo.

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