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As The Crisis Bites, Brazilian Businesses Turn to Temporary Workers


With the economy slipping into recession, Brazilian businesses are cutting down on permanent employees. As a result, demand for temporary workers is rising.

Thanks to reluctance in hiring permanent workers, the unemployment rate is hovering over 8 percent in Brazil. With inflation rising relentlessly, trade union leaders are expecting companies to further cut back on permanent staff.

Attrition and pay cuts have come under media spotlight in the country, with employees in major companies striking. Last month, workers at a Ford auto plant protested over job cuts. The US auto giant has reportedly sent pink slips to some 200 workers working at its plant in Sao Bernardo do Campo.