YEAR 2013 N.º 2

ISSN 2182-9845

Brazilian trade union organization: a system of freedoms and restrictions

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Brazil; Union; category; organization; freedoms; restrictions


The union in Brazil of today, although it has undergone many changes since the days of its founding, still has numerous features that scored at the beginning. When strictly controlled by the State, was awarded powers and privileges of public authority. Under this context is established principles, for example, the uniqueness of the association, which is still in force in our system. Under this perspective, we can see that the model adopted the hybrid organization is composed of freedoms and restrictions, so it is criticized on issues of freedom of association. Also, in front of our current standards, ever the union meeting will be totally free. The grouping of people, workers and employers in union system in Brazil, takes into account the common traits of the profession and productive activity, adopting, therefore, the criterion of homogeneity. Another point discussed in this paper refers to the system of unionization. In Brazil, the general rule is by professional category, ie, the framework is given by the main activity of the employer and not by the specific type of work that the employee performs. Therefore, some of the issues discussed in this study about the Brazilian union organization.