Porto Alegre Chamber approves privatization of the company of

The City Council of Porto Alegre approved, last Wednesday (9), by 23 votes to 13, the project by the municipal Executive that authorizes the government to privatize Carris, a public transport company in the capital.

Under the proposal, Mayor Sebastião Melo (MDB) is authorized to “dispose or transfer, in whole or in part, the company, its assets, direct or indirect equity interest, including shareholding control, transform, merge, split, incorporate, liquidate, dissolve, extinguish or deactivate, partially or totally,” Carris.

The voting took place with the galleries practically empty, as access was granted to only a small number of bus drivers who wanted to follow the vote. In all, opposition lawmakers presented eight amendments to the government’s original bill. Among the proposed changes were the extension of the effective date of the law and the transfer of Carris’ management to a workers’ cooperative. However, none of them were approved. Now, the matter goes to the final wording and, after, to the mayor’s sanction.

The bill that proposes the privatization of Carris occupied the debate in the Porto Alegre Chamber this Wednesday (8). Even before the discussions started in plenary, opposition parliamentarians complained about the impediment of workers from the public transport company from entering the Casa’s galleries. In the end, from 240 seats, 30 seats were released, equivalent to 12.5% ​​of the capacity of the galleries.

The situation was highlighted in the gallery by councilor Matheus Gomes (PSOL), recalling that Carris workers were exposed to the coronavirus throughout the pandemic. “The only place that can’t be open is the Chamber, right with the highways. It is the closed Chamber voting the withdrawal of rights”, he affirmed.

Gomes accused the government of Mayor Sebastião Melo (MDB) of not having a project for the Porto Alegre public transport crisis and of presenting projects that will not solve the problem, such as extinguishing collectors and withdrawing user exemptions. The capital of Rio Grande do Sul currently has one of the most expensive fares in the country and suffers from the loss of passengers year after year.

The PSOL congressman criticized the mayor for having spent the first half of the year debating the “re-contracting of the system” with the transport system businessmen and for not having obtained a result. “Privatization seems to me to be a requirement of businessmen to renegotiate the system.”, he said.

Councilor Jonas Reis (PT) also complained about the few workers authorized to follow the vote and said that, at the time of the election, many went to ask for votes at the company.

“In the election, they look good in sheep’s clothing and went to Carris to ask for a vote to defeat Manuela’s ‘communism’ (D’Ávila, was a candidate for mayor in 2018),” she said.

Throughout the day, opposition lawmakers took turns almost exclusively on the platform to criticize the Carris privatization project. Among the government’s allied base, few were willing to speak out in defense of privatization. “Show up, be brave!” cried Reis.

Councilor Jessé Sangalli (Citizenship) used his five-minute time in the gallery to support privatization. It argued that the loss of private transport companies is theirs alone, while Carris’ deficit is paid by the taxpayer.

“We all pay the costs out of our pockets, as happens today in Porto Alegre”, he emphasized. Shortly thereafter, Sangalli was reminded by another parliamentarian that private companies also receive public subsidies.

lack of dialogue

The mayor’s lack of dialogue was another point heavily criticized by the opposition. The allegation is that Melo pledged to Carris workers to debate and listen to proposals that could improve the company’s financial situation without the need for privatization. Before the talks could progress, however, he articulated the vote in the Chamber.

“We are facing a project that had no dialogue”, lamented Daiana Santos (PCdoB). The councilor highlighted that during the pandemic, Carris had to take over some bus lines that were interrupted by private companies. “How would the care of the population have been?”, he asked.

Daiana expressed dismay at the lack of respect for Carris workers, who risked their lives during the health crisis. “They were the last to be vaccinated, they were not a priority during the worst health crisis, and now they are under attack.”

When deploring the privatization of Carris, Airton Ferronato (PSB) highlighted that the financial problems used as a justification for selling it also affect private public transport companies. For him, the problem is one of management. “I believe that well-run public companies provide an important service to society”, he pondered.

See how each councilor voted

in favor of privatization

Alexandre Bobadra (PSL)
Alvoni Medina (REP)
Cassia Carpes (PP)
Cláudia Araújo (PSD)
Claudio Janta (SD)
Commander Nadia (DEM)
Felipe Camozzato (NEW)
Fernanda Barth (PRTB)
Gilson Baker (PSDB)
Giovane Byl (PTB)
Hamilton Sossmeler (PTB)
Identify Cecchim (MDB)
Jesse Sangalli (Citizenship)
José Freitas (REP)
Lourdes Sprenger (MDB)
Mari Pimentel (NEW)
Mauro Pinheiro (PL)
Moses Barboza (PSDB)
Monica Leal (PP)
Pablo Melo (MDB)
Professor Franzen (PSDB)
Psycho Tanise Sabino (PTB)
Ramiro Rosario (PSDB)

against privatization

Airto Ferronato (PSB)
Aldacir Oliboni (PT)
Bruna Rodrigues (PCdoB)
Daiana Santos (PCdoB)
Jonas Reis (PT)
Karen Santos (PSOL)
Laura Sito (PT)
Leonel Radde (PT)
Márcio Bins Ely (PDT)
Matheus Gomes (PSOL)
Mauro Zacher (PDT)
Pedro Ruas (PSOL)
Roberto Robaina (PSOL)

Source: BdF Rio Grande do Sul

Edition: South 21

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