Brazil transport workers strike – stalling subway and bus services. Brazilians face roadblocks on highways and many bank services are down. Pro-labor movements have also called marches in major cities.
Why are they so mad?
The pension reform requires 49 years of active employment to qualify for full retirement benefits, raising the minimum retirement age to 65 for men and women. But President Temer believes pension reform is the only way to save Brazil’s economy.
In fact, he has threatened to cut social programs if the reform isn’t passed. That includes the anti-poverty welfare program Bolsa Familia, federal scholarships, and other social programs.
But as Temer plays hardball, Brazil’s workers have shown they will fight back