THE LABOR REFORM AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR THE NORTHEAST: first reflections

Motivated by the affirmation of the need of “modernizing” the labor relations in Brazil, the implementation of the Labor Reform in November 2017 meant a profound change in the paradigm of the labor regulation in Brazil. This article aims to analyze the effects of the Reform in the Northeast Brazil, just over a year after its implementation. In particular, it seeks to observe the extent to which this pattern of regulation has exacerbated social inequalities. Therefore, the focus of the study lies in three economic sectors of two states and their respective labor unions: in Paraíba, we approach the construction sector and, in Pernambuco, the automotive industry and the information technology segment. For the research, it was used data from PNADC/IBGE, RAIS, CAGED, Mediator/MTE, and questionnaires and interviews collected in a survey of the Network of Studies and Interdisciplinary Monitoring of Labor Reform (REMIR).