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President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will defend, this Thursday (13), the taxation of great fortunes at the end of the 112th conference of the International Labor Organization (ILO). Lula leaves for Geneva, Switzerland, this Wednesday (12) and then heads to the G7 summit meeting, where the president is expected to have bilateral meetings with the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and Pope Francis.

Sources close to the president indicated that, at the ILO conference, called the Inaugural Forum of the Coalition for Social Justice, the taxation of large fortunes, the fight against inequality and the defense of democracy against the advance of the extreme right will be at the center of the message of Squid.

In a kind of general rehearsal, the Minister of Labor, Luiz Marinho, previewed, this Wednesday (12) some of the themes that will be addressed by President Lula at the closing.

“In December 2023, President Lula sanctioned the law on the taxation of exclusive funds,” said Marinho. “As a result, in the first months of the year, we had the best revenue since 2000. But we understand that more is needed: we have to tax large fortunes globally,” he declared.

“Without this, it will not be possible to end poverty and hunger in the world. the Brazilian government understands that as long as there is inequality anywhere in the world, there will be no social justice”, he warned

The Minister of Labor presented to the other government “a proposal to regularize work using four-wheel apps, which should be voted on this year”.

“The proposal aims to protect and fair remuneration with decent working hours for drivers, based on the binomial autonomy with rights”, he said. Citing the direction of the ILO, he recalled that “it is necessary for standards to respond to a changing world of work”.

In signaling the working class, Marinho also defended the importance of “the importance of democracy at work” and the “strengthening of social dialogue institutions: unions, employers’ associations and other civil society organizations”. “Collective bargaining is a powerful tool for consensus and social justice,” he said.

Lula no G7

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is taking part this week in the G7 Summit, a meeting of leaders from the world’s seven largest economies. The event takes place from June 13th to 15th, in Borgo Egnazia, in the Puglia region, in southern Italy. Lula’s presence is at the invitation of the Italian Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni.

The G7 is made up of Germany, Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom. Until 2014, Russia was part of the group, which was known as G8, however, it was expelled due to the annexation of Crimea, until then linked to Ukraine. G7 summits usually also include the presence of guest countries.

This is the eighth time that Lula has participated in the G7 Summit. The first six occurred in the first two terms, between 2003 and 2009. And, since then, Brazil has not attended a meeting of the group.

According to Planalto, Lula must meet the president of France, Emmanuel Macron; the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi; Pope Francis; the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen; and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.


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