Writing recently to the Special Commission of the National Assembly set up to review the draft General Law on the World Cup, the United Workers' Centre (CUT) has set out a series of proposed amendments designed to provide stronger guarantees for the protection of workers' rights. The first clause refers to street vendors:
"The demarcation of the exclusion zones around the Official Competition venues will not prejudice the activities of autonomous street vendors who possess authorisations and /or registration in the respective municipality to undertake street trade.'
CUT justifies this proposed amendment by citing the Federal Constitution which protects acquired rights and the right to free exercise of a profession.
Other proposed amendments forwarded for consideration of the Special Commission include full guarantees for the right to demonstrate and strike, respect for the collective agreements, and a clause stipulating that all suppliers and service providers of the World Cup will require a Certificate guaranteeing that they are not using forced labour, child labour or other forms of degrading work.
CUT is also proposing that a number of tickets be reserved at reduced rates for low-income groups, including indigenous peoples, and construction workers who had been working on the stadium renovations.