By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Millions of Brazilians tried to find alternative means to get to work on Friday as nine labor unions called for a nationwide general strike and widespread demonstrations to protest against the social security and labor reforms being discussed in congress.

"We are protesting against items such as the minimum retirement age, the transition rule, which ends up harming the workers who started (to work) earlier. In addition, we fight for the maintenance of wages,” union leader João Carlos Gonçalves of Força Sindical, told local news outlets.

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