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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - What is it about the Brazilian collective bargaining system that drives people crazy? Let me count the ways. But only the most egregious, because, trust me, there are many more. The 1988 Constitution stated flat out that the right to strike was protected; it did deem illegal strikes which “abused” that right, but didn’t define such abuse.

The Curmudgeon, ever fearless, will define this abuse, because we are currently in the middle of two protracted Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?

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The Curmudgeon moved to Rio over forty years ago, and remained there until late 2018. He's been writing political commentary for The Rio Times for nine years. He once referred to himself as a WASP (look it up) but doesn't any more because it embarrasses him.