of Amazonas Energia Privatization is debated in the Legislative Assembly

At the end of the Audience, a working group was installed by ALE to accompany the privatization process.
19/08/2016 16h20 - Updated 19/08/2016 16h20
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The sale of the company Amazonas Energia and its consequences for the capital and the state have been the subject of a public hearing held by the Amazonas Legislative Assembly (hazard) this Friday (19). Proposed by state Rep Sinésio Campos (PT), the meeting, according to him, He left the initiative of workers' representatives, who sought concerned about the effects of the privatization not only to the category, but also to the state's population. A major concern is the fate of the Light for All Program in the state.

In his speech, Sinésio Campos noted that the administration of Eletrobras, in recent measure, reproached the extension of the concessions group of six distribution companies, among them the Amazonas Energia, decide on the privatization of these until December 2017. While sales did not occur, companies will become service providers. According to the state deputy, a measure which affects a large number of persons "can not be treated only by executives", but involve government and society.

In this sense, the PT said that the issue will again be discussed at a meeting of the Amazonian Parliament, entity of which he is president, What happens the next day 26 August the Legislative Assembly, and with the participation of parliamentarians of other states in the region whose electricity distribution companies will also be privatized.

First among those invited to speak, technical supervisor of the inter-union department of statistics and socioeconomic studies (Dieese / Manaus), Inaldo Seixas Cruz, He said the institution has been conducting a study on the privatization of Amazonas Energia. The specialist made a brief analysis of the privatizations that took place in Brazil in the late 90 and recalled that the measure can negative impacts not only for workers, but also to the society. He reminded the specifics of the Amazon and emphasized the character of "integration" of access to electricity. "It is a key sector of society integration, not only in economic terms, but also in terms of quality of life ", scored.

The president of the Union of Workers of the State of Amazonas Urban Industries, Ednei da Silva Martins said that privatization will cause the dismissal of 1.700 direct workers and 4 thousand indirect. He also said that the first impact of the new situation of the company as a provider of service will be increased energy bill, he said scheduled take place in September or October.

The union leader also expressed concern about the danger of biopiracy, if the company is sold to foreign group, and warned of the damage to the inner cities of the State, due to the low return on financial terms that these areas account. "They are not looking at the inside. The private sector has no interest. The 104 locations not Amazonas, only 4 they give profit. The private sector will make social action? There must be a state policy, sim”, he defended.

The representative of the Amazonas Energia, Leonardo Lins de Albuquerque, He gave an account of the circumstances that led Eletrobrás board not to extend the concessions group of six distribution companies, among them the Amazonas Energia and the new situation of these, as providers of distribution service (situation signed by Ministerial Order). The representative of the company did not confirm increased rate passed on to consumers.

The state deputy Luiz Castro (Network), in turn, He said that there must be a political decision on the issue, noting that the measure could deepen inequality, socially, between the Amazon population and the rest of the country. "Not only is the forest, are people who have dreams, aspirations and are Brazilians and to be protected by the same rights enshrined in the Constitution ".

At the end of the Public Hearing, a working group was installed by the Legislative Assembly to monitor the Amazon Energy privatization process. The public hearing was attended by the representative of the company, Leonardo Lins de Albuquerque; the representative of Manaus Prefecture, Bruno Guimarães; coordinator of the Light for All Program, Robson Bastos; President of the Union of Workers of the State of Amazonas Urban Industrias, Ednei da Silva Martins; technical supervisor of the inter-union department of statistics and socioeconomic studies (Dieese / Manaus), Inaldo Seixas Cruz; and president of the Central of Workers of Brazil in the Amazon(CTB/AM) Isis Tavares.


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