The mayor of São Paulo estimates that yesterday’s public transport strike affected 2.5 million people in his city alone.
Unions across the country went on strike this week in protest of President Temer’s pension reform. Public transport in São Paulo was down until noon. And Mayor Doria isn’t having any of it. He argues that up to 30 percent of public healthcare workers had trouble getting to work due to the strike. Doria has also said he would fine unions up to $1.6 million for the strike. However, in regards to cutting workers’ pay for their hours on strike, he said that he would make an exception this time around.
“As a special exception, we won’t be cutting people’s pay. The way in which the workers protested harmed many people. There’s legitimate reason for protest, but not with this harm to others,” said Doria. The mayor also requested that businessmen not to punish workers for participation in the strike. However, he emphasized that there would be no exceptions if strikes like Wednesday’s happened again.
As for public schools, whose teachers were also on strike, 528 schools closed their doors for the morning. Moreover, 814 schools only opened partially. But the majority of São Paulo’s 3,814 schools operated normally.
Finally, when asked about his stance on pension reform, Mayor Doria declared himself “totally in favor”.