Civil protests and party dissent around the

Dissidences around the administrative reform postponed the vote on the report on the Proposal for Constitutional Amendment (PEC) 32/2020, which was scheduled for this Thursday (16) in the special commission that discusses the issue.

The signal came from the president of the Chamber, Arthur Lira (PP-AL), who announced that the examination of the text should only take place next Tuesday (21).

The information was given by the agent on Thursday during a virtual event with investors. Lira pointed out the permanence of “some noises” in relation to the opinion of the rapporteur, Deputy Arthur Maia (DEM-BA), and said that the idea is to put the text to a vote in the plenary “on Wednesday, on Thursday, as quickly as possible ”.

An agreement signed between different parties made the government have to present a new report by the end of the day this Friday (17), with the acceptance of new changes in the text until 6 pm on Monday (20).

The postponement of the vote on Thursday comes after a series of seams that have not yet given the government a security scenario to put the PEC to a vote, under penalty of rejection of the text by the commission. Because of this, the report was not read this Thursday morning, as provided for in the collegiate’s agenda.

For civil servants’ leadership, the non-fulfillment of the Bolsonaro administration’s expectation reflects the results of the articulation made by the union entities in the state bases to pressure the parliamentarians not to vote on the text.

This is what Sérgio Ronaldo, general secretary of the Confederation of Workers in the Federal Public Service (Condsef), says, for example, one of the organizations involved in the popular struggle against the PEC.

“The watershed was the pressure and the movement we made from the airport, from the pressure at the entrance of the Chamber, of the commission. So, it made a difference and will continue to do so. In simple words, it is the mobilization and pressure both in person and on social networks that are making the difference.”

The segment threatens deputies with not re-election in case the matter is approved. New meetings between union leaders are scheduled for this Friday (17) to think about new articulation activities against the reform.

Conductor of the economic agenda of the Bolsonaro government, Guedes defends administrative reform to streamline the State’s machinery / José Cruz/Agência Brasil

“I already anticipate that we are going to reinforce the pressure a lot. They are dividing themselves among them, and this is precisely the point that we take advantage of to try to bury once and for all this rubble that they call reform”, says Sérgio Ronaldo, referring to parliamentarians from the liberal right.

Field traditionally favorable to measures to reduce the State, as is the case of PEC 32, the segment has disagreements in relation to the rapporteur’s text. In addition to the popular movement, opposition deputies also saw this as a window of opportunity to strengthen the battle against reform.

“We are looking for those who take a stand against the PEC, which are not just us from the opposition, but also liberal sectors who hoped that the PEC was not corporatist. What I see is a generalized dissatisfaction with this text and I think a joint manifesto will come out with these forces”, says opposition leader Alessandro Molon (PSB-RJ).

He points out a dialogue between opponents, including representatives from Novo, a party with a marked neoliberal tendency and one of the main allies of the Bolsonaro administration in the Chamber. The acronym differs from the treatment given by the reporter to police officers, who had some guarantees rescued in the latest version of the text.

Arthur Maia also added to the opinion the forecast that the categories of municipal guards and legislative police officers are considered as typical careers of the State, a segment that will not be affected by a series of unpopular rules provided for in the PEC that fall on other public servants.


The opposition, on the other hand, has complaints about different other stretches. “In our understanding, in addition to creating a series of privileges for some categories, they do not provide, for example, any selection process for positions on commission. This is one of the points of contact between us and people on the right”, exemplifies Molon, who also lists other passages rejected by the opposition.

“The extinction of public service positions due to obsolescence allows these positions to be extinguished without any criteria. Although the maintenance of current occupants is guaranteed, this without a technical analysis is very dangerous. After all, they kept Article 37-A”, says the opposition leader.

Considered one of the most controversial of the PEC, this last point authorizes the signing of cooperation agreements between State agencies and private initiative with the sharing of human resources and physical structure.

“This enables the vouchering of public policies or agreements so that the State serves the private sector and does not fulfill its function. The State has a role that is irreplaceable. He cannot ask to drain resources for the private sector, which always works with the logic of profit”, criticizes Erika Kokay (PT-DF), one of the members of the Mixed Parliamentary Front in Defense of Public Service.

“And there is still, for example, the crystallization of temporary contracts, which, according to the report, can be renewed indefinitely. If today we already have many governments and municipalities that abuse this to hire people for areas such as health, education, imagine with that”, adds Molon, mentioning another point of divergence in relation to the PEC.


Brasil de Fato tried to hear directly from Congressman Arthur Maia about the report, but was unable to contact him. The government’s allies have defended the approval of the reform under the argument that it would be necessary to save state resources by imposing stricter rules on civil servants.

The agenda has an unpopular character and is one of the main points on the agenda of the Minister of Economy, Paulo Guedes.

Edition: Anelize Moreira

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