A caixa-preta dos sindicatos (THE BLACK BOX OF THE TRADE UNIONS)

A caixa-preta dos sindicatos (THE BLACK BOX OF THE TRADE UNIONS)

Organisation: A Gazeta (Brazil)

Publication Date: 04/04/2017

Size of team/newsroom:large

Description

This special report unlocks the black box of the trade unions to reveal the millions collected in union fees in Espírito Santo and to show the real picture of these institutions and their leaders, some of whom have been in power for almost 30 years. This series will yet present cases of corruption, fraud and misappropriation in the institutions that should defend workers' rights.

What makes this project innovative? What was its impact?

The task of finding out who the trade union leaders are and how long they have been in power is not an easy job. The data is provided on the page of the Ministry of Labor, however it is necessary to open the register of each trade union organization to know the members of the current and former administrations. It was necessary to build a robot (application) to capture the data and list them. But before unraveling this mystery of the union board, it was still necessary to filter and process the data. With the search, the newspaper discovered that not all of the past deeds of the State’s unions is available from the government, which has started storing information in its register only since 1991. Nor has it been possible to know the history of all trade union institutions, however, even though requests were made through the Law of Access to Information, the government has failed to inform the registration date of each organization. A GAZETA newspaper has received 15 accusations of irregularities involving organizations in the State. Readers have e-mailed or called to ask the newspaper for inquiries into misappropriation, fraud in collective bargaining, irregularities in union elections, leaders who use various tricks to hold on to power.

Technologies used for this project:

It was necessary to build a robot (application) to capture the data and list them. The programming language was Visual Basic. Infographics were made in Tableau Public and Infogram.

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