Deputy Marcelo Freitas, instructor of a commission that analyzes a reform of the retirement regime promoted by the Brazilian government, defended on Tuesday the proposed system against the harsh criticism of the minority opposition.
Freitas, of the Social Liberal Party (PSL), which was the electoral platform of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, presented a report to the Constitution and Justice Committee of the lower house, in which he defended the proposal and denied that, as the opposition maintains , violate or eliminate workers' constitutional rights.
The project, presented by the Government as an amendment to the Constitution, proposes to gradually tighten access to the current pay-as-you-go system, in which the State manages workers' contributions and distributes them among retirees.
Within a period of about ten years, Bolsonaro's proposal moves towards a total replacement of this system to adopt a controversial private individual capitalization system, similar to that of Chile, in which retirement will depend on what each worker can save over time. of their life.
According to the Government, the reform will provide the State with a saving of about 265,000 million dollars in a decade, which would end the chronic fiscal deficit that has been registered for years and would free up resources for investment in essential areas, such as health and education. .
The opposition, in clear minority in the Parliament, used numerous regulatory maneuvers to delay the reading of the Freitas report that, according to the socialist deputy Erika Kokay, "defends the death reform" of the public pension system.
The insistence on postponing the reading caused strong arguments, which went up in tone when the Labor Party member Eduardo Bismarck denounced that the deputy Waldir Soares, head of the group of the ruling PSL, was armed in the committee room.
Soares, who is a police commissioner, denied that accusation after a tumult that forced the session to be paralyzed and then showed the journalists that, in fact, he had the case of a revolver under his coat, although it was empty.
Once the instructor Freitas concluded the reading of his report, all the parties represented in the commission requested a period of two sessions to analyze the opinion, with which the vote on the matter would be made next week.
In the event that the constitutionality of the Government proposal is not answered, the next step of the project will be a commission that will be formed especially for the case and that may take two months to pronounce and refer the project to the plenary of the Chamber of Deputies