'Whoever carried out the labor reform has a slave mentality', says Lula

Former president made the statement during an event of unionists and claimed that strong economies rely on strong unions; pre-candidate took advantage of the speech to call Jair Bolsonaro a ‘dictator’

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Lula attacked President Jair Bolsonaro and called him a “dictator”

the former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (EN) participated in an event at Sindimais – an event that brings together specialists in unions – this Thursday, the 12th, and harshly criticized the labor reform. In the view of the pre-candidate, those who participated in the change in legislation have a “slavery mentality”. “The mentality of those who carried out the labor reform and the union reform is a slave mentality, it is the mentality of those who think that the union does not have to have strength or representation. Anywhere in the world, whether in the Nordic countries, in Europe, in Japan, if you have a strong economy, you have a strong union”, claimed the PT.

Lula, who is a pre-candidate for the presidency of the Republic and current leader in polls that measure voting intentions, argued that the state should function “as an arbiter” so that the parties – businessmen and employees – can negotiate their interests together. At the event, the leader of the Workers’ Party took the opportunity to attack the president Jair Bolsonaro (PL) and call him a dictator. “Yesterday the president said that it is important for the people to buy weapons, because only with weapons will they avoid a dictatorial government. He is the dictator, I want the people to go to university. It is effectively professional training that will make the country competitive, we will never be a competitive country if we do not invest in education”, he argued.

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