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Trade unions and social movements in Brazil have called for a national strike

Trade unions and social movements in Brazil have called for a national strike against Temer and his PEC 55 legislation.

Former Uruguayan President Jose “Pepe” Mujica and former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will march together during the national strike against austerity measures of the coup government of Michel Temer on Nov. 27 in Sao Paulo, said a Brazilian senator Tuesday.

Trade unions and social movements in Brazil have called for a national strike against Temer and the approval of a constitutional reform called PEC 55 that would limit the budget for social programs for the next 20 years.

Both presidents will meet at the city’s Avenida Paulista and demand an end to the proposed law, which is currently being discussed in Congress.

According to Senator Lindbergh Farias, from the Workers’ Party, Lula himself invited the Uruguayan leader.

 “Mujica accepted since he considers that the struggle to protect social rights is a struggle of all humanity, not to mention that Lula and Mujica are friends,” said Farias to Epoca newspaper.

Along with other groups, the march is being organized by the Movement of the Homeless Workers and will also have the participation of famous singer-songwriter Chico Buarque.

If passed, PEC 55, initially called PEC 241, will limit the growth of government spending for each year to the inflation rates of the previous year, meaning it will no longer be dictated by GDP revenue growth.

The text was previously approved by the lower house of Congress and will now face two sets of voting from all members of the chamber on Nov. 29 and Dec.13.

Temer was Dilma Rousseff’s vice presidential running mate for the 2014 general election and helped oust her in a right-wing parliamentary coup in August.

The unelected president, who has a very low approval rating in Brazil, is set to complete Rousseff’s presidential term until the next scheduled election in late 2018.

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