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Federal Judges Announce Work Stoppage Due to Housing Benefits Proceeding

02/23/2018 - 11h41

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LETÍCIA CASADO
ANGELA BOLDRINI
FROM BRASÍLIA

The board of Ajufe (Brazilian Federal Judges Association) announced a work stoppage on March 15.

The work stoppage is a response to a proceeding regarding housing benefits, to which Brazilian judges are entitled, scheduled for March 22 by Carmen Lúcia, president of the Supreme Federal Court (STF).

Ajufe is conducting a virtual poll with members of the association, and judges can vote until February 28 to countersign the work stoppage.

Federal judges complained about the fact that the Supreme Court's agenda does not include an action to question several benefits granted to state judges. On Thursday (22), the association issued a note requesting the president of the STF to include the matter in March's agenda.

Ajufe wants the matters to be decided jointly, in order to determine "legal and constitutional payments due to all Brazilian judges (justices, appeals court judges and judges), settling the matter once and for all".

Carmen Lúcia has not reported the reasons why the matter was not included in the agenda.

On Thursday (22), Brazil's lower house speaker, Rodrigo Maia (DEM-RJ), stated that the bill which regulates "super salaries" paid in the Judiciary Branch has to be voted after the proceeding on housing benefits. "The Supreme Court's decision is the basis," he said after a meeting with Carmen Lúcia.

Translated by ANA BEATRIZ DEMARIA

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