The International Labor Organization (ILO) has come out in defense of the IBGE because of statements by President-elect Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) in which he disqualifies the production of unemployment data in the country. One of the board's directors sought the IMF and the OECD to call for vigilance in the face of possible new government actions.
Bolsonaro called the current numbers, published monthly by the organ, linked to the Ministry of Planning and said that it will change the calculation methodology of the unemployed. Rafael Diez de Medina, head of statistics and director of the ILO's Statistics Department, said the statement "dangerous".
"He aggressively questions an international definition," he says. For Medina, what worries an eventual erosa of the independence of the statistics before the public power. "The intrusion of the political system is a danger," he insisted. "One of the premises is the independence of statistics and autonomy with the objective of avoiding political interference in this elaboration, and this implies following the international priests," he defended.
In a message published on social networks, Medina left in support of IBGE. "The ILO strongly supports the methodology followed by IBGE to estimate employment and unemployment, following international priests," he wrote.
In another message, he goes further and points out that he is "extremely concerned about the future of official statistics in Brazil." "The international statistical system is on the alert and ready to react to these kinds of realities in the Ps True Era," he criticized. Information from the newspaper The State of S. Paulo.