The Administrative Reform (PEC 32/2020), proposed by the Bolsonaro government, contrary to what the privatist rhetoric states, aims to strengthen the state bureaucracy by deepening its instrumentalization by technocrats, politicians and capitalists, to the detriment of the social control of public services. We at CAB affirm that we need to close our fists against this proposal, which is a step forward in the precariousization of services and working conditions, and a few steps back in relation to self-management.

It is important to emphasize that, as anarchists, we do not believe that state organs are public, that is, common goods shared by society. They are appropriated by the ruling classes in order to perpetuate the system of domination itself, even if in certain circumstances they present themselves with a public service face with some “democratic” mechanisms. In our militant activity, we strengthen the struggles of workers in these sectors, with the horizon of self-management of public services, so that workers and workers can self-organize, with popular control through direct democracy, involving the basic organs of society.

We defend the self-managed model for public services and that is why we are against privatization, just as we are against the defense of the protection of the State as an instrument to combat capitalism, considering that it is not a neutral apparatus. The State interrelates itself with capital and its processes, and is also subject to the private interests of a minority, such as the technocratic sectors that make up the state apparatus (turn rulers, carreiristas estamentals or theocrats, for example). We are radically against privatisation, but we do not think the solution is in nationalisation. We advocate self-management and the radical transformation of society. That said, the proposal of Administrative Reform of the Bolsonaro government further reinforces this privilege character of a specific group to the detriment of the interests of those below, and our tactical defense points to a horizon of a self-managed organizational model, socialization and planning through direct democracy.

The proposal harms the entire people
All the people will be affected if the Reformation is approved. Reducing the stability of workers and public service workers paves the way for politicians to impose their own interests, receiving particular favors, for example. It favors the indication by patronage in the public service, that is, people who have never set foot in the day-to-day of the services, are appointed because they are friends with a politician, either for immediate economic reasons such as the appointment of ghost officials, enriching politicians through cracks, or for political reasons of intransigent defense of the interests of those who indicate.

The Administrative Reform also releases forms of state cooperation with private companies, which aim only at profit, which increases the possibility of corruption, with overbilling and embezzlement of public money. In addition, it gives the President of the Republic the power to extinguish positions and end public companies in a pen, without dialogue with other agencies, much less with the population. That is, it is easier to dismantle public services, for pure political convenience. The people have nothing but to lose.

Damage to workers and workers
Servers and servers will also be harmed if the Reform is approved. It facilitates political persecution and the loss of office, giving more power to the bosses, politically appointed, to make a poor assessment of the worker, if it displeases orders from above, for example. It also ends up with existing rights today, such as additional and time-per-service licenses. In addition, it removes the preference of career servants to occupy leadership positions, opening the door to much greater politicking within public agencies. It also allows the hiring of temporary during strikes. All this will make it even more difficult for workers to fight for better working conditions and social rights.

Those who want to work in the public sector will be further harmed. The proposal frees up the creation of precarious contracts for public services, further increasing the weight of political indications. It also favors turnover: as an example, employees may be hired for a few months, will spend time unemployed, and then be hired again for a few months. That is, jobs as precarious as they are in private enterprise.

PEC also creates the “Typical State Office”, which guarantees entry by competition and stability in employment. The problem is that this would be restricted only to a few careers, considered strategic. The vast majority of workers would no longer be hired by competition, nor would they have stability, another form of precariousness and openness for private interests to invade the public service even more. Stability is a mechanism that aims to prevent servers and servers from being, in the exercise of their function, persecuted or pressured by their heads of duty, such as politicians and their nominees.

For all this, we continue against administrative reform, and since our daily performance we have driven the struggles to overthrow this proposal, which only reinforces private domination over the public service. It is necessary to mobilize the workers from the workplace, and bring to the oppressed classes what is at stake with this proposal! At this moment it is important to combine this fight with the demands for social rights, such as a vaccine for general faster and a decent emergency aid so that everyone and everyone can protect themselves from the pandemic!


Brazilian Anarchist Coordination

Reforma Administrativa e a dominação privada sobre os serviços públicos – Coordenação Anarquista Brasileira (