In the favelas of RJ, 54% of respondents lost their jobs

A survey by the Movimentos collective, formed by young people from various favelas and suburbs of Rio de Janeiro, shows that 54% of the residents of these locations who were in the labor market lost formal jobs during the covid-19 pandemic.

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The study was released this Monday (27) and covers residents of the complexes of Maré and Alemão, in the north of Rio, and Cidade de Deus, in the west.

Among those interviewed who are employed, 54% said they were working at the time of the survey, but faced difficulties in recent months, while 34% declared themselves mostly as self-employed professionals and with informal jobs and only 26% claimed to have a formal contract.

The study also reports that 62% of people in the favelas in question request emergency aid, but only half of them (52%) actually received the benefit. The Movement emphasizes that the delay of President Jair Bolsonaro (no party) to sanction the aid has harmed the population. At the time, Bolsonaro wanted to pay a benefit of R$ 200, but it was defeated by Congress.

“Only after intense disputes in the National Congress did the federal government approve emergency aid in the amount of 600 reais for self-employed workers, individual workers and micro-entrepreneurs”, the document emphasizes.

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The document also confirms the perception of different social actors since the beginning of the pandemic. The Movements claims that with the lack of public policies and the omission of the State, collectives, NGOs and new solidarity fronts organized campaigns to collect and distribute food baskets and hygiene kits in the favelas.

“These initiatives have made (and continue to make) a difference in the lives of tens of thousands of families, assuming a role that should belong to the State”, points out the research.

Source: BoF Rio de Janeiro

Edition: Eduardo Miranda

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