BRASILIA – A government-proposed labor reform that was approved by the Senate on Tuesday was necessary to put the country back on the path of economic growth, Brazilian President Michel Temer said Tuesday in a televised address.
The Senate passed the bill but rejected three opposition-backed amendments.
“This is a victory for all Brazilians,” Temer said.
He added that modernization of labor is the fastest way to generate new jobs and reduce unemployment in the country where currently close to 13 million people are unemployed.
Calling for a dialogue between the political class and civil society and alluding to signs of recovery in the labor market, Temer thanked the Congress for passing “the most ambitious proposal of the last 30 years.”
The basic text of the reform was approved in plenary during the first round with 50 votes in favor, 26 against and one abstention out of the 77 senators eligible to vote from among a total of 81 legislators in the upper house.
With this bill, Temer, who has been unpopular in the country owing to his alleged role in corruption scandals, scored an important victory for his government.
The bill was put to vote Tuesday after proceedings were suspended for six hours due to a protest by opposition senators.
The controversial labor reform bill, backed by businesses, has been rejected by the country’s trade unions.