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Tax action on Marajó Island rescues 12 workers

Labor Inspection

Group was found in poor safety and hygiene conditions.

A group of 12 workers subjected to slave-like working conditions were rescued in the region of the municipality of Portel, on Marajó Island (PA), in an operation performed between August 26 and September 6. In a sawmill located on the banks of the Igarapé Mandaguari, in a rural area about ten hours by boat from the headquarters of the municipality, workers were found in housing without basic conditions of safety, hygiene and privacy.

The inspectorate verified that there were no toilets, access to safe drinking water and no suitable place to prepare and consume meals. Containers that originally contained motor oil were reused for the storage of drinking water and food preparation. Salary payments were made outside the legal deadline.

The tax action was carried out by the Special Mobile Inspection Group (GEFM), coordinated by the Secretariat of Labor Inspection (SIT) of the Special Secretariat for Welfare and Labor of the Ministry of Economy. The operation was attended by the Federal Public Defender's Office (DPU) and the Environmental Police Battalion of the Pará Military Police.

The employer was notified to pay salary and severance pay due to rescued workers. If the employer does not comply with the tax auditors' notification, the workers will be assisted by the DPU to take appropriate legal measures to enforce their rights including actions for individual moral damages. A letter was sent to the Specialized Reference Center for Social Assistance (Creas) to provide assistance to rescued workers, who will still be entitled to receive three installments of the rescued worker unemployment insurance, whose applications were made by the Mobile Group.