The Union of the Heavy Construction Industry of the State of São Paulo (Sinicesp), founded in December 6, 1968, represents companies in the heavy construction economic category. The sector is involved in restoration, reinforcement, improvement, maintenance, signage, conservation and operation of roads, dams, hydroelectric plants, power plants, subways, railways, waterways, locks, tunnels, drainage, dredging, airports, ports, canals, pipelines, industrial assembly, bridges, viaducts, sanitation works, landfills, paving, excavation works in general and engineering consulting, including the utilities companies.
The Union emerged from the work of many leaders who understood that the heavy construction sector needed a strong entity that could defend the interests of the companies. Based on the LABOR CODE (CLT), it was initially the Professional Association of the Industry of Road Construction, Paving and Excavation Works in General, and transformed into the Union on December 6, 1968, as the Trade Union Charter signed by then Minister of Labour Jarbas Passarinho.
There were more than four decades of struggles, claims and protests and lawsuits, given the distortions that official mechanisms usually present in its relations with civil society. The flags raised throughout this time, some still current, always showed absolutely transparent objectives in the interests of the category.
Because it is related to all other branches of human activity, such as health, education, transport, highways, railways, prospecting for minerals and fuels and infrastructure in general, the heavy construction sector may be considered the foundation of the building in its various modalities and specificities. In this way, Sinicesp develops activities in defence of the rights and interests of the companies represented along the contracting public agencies of works and services at the federal, state and municipal levels.
In addition, it operates in the areas of private sector activities of associated companies and affiliates, such as cement industries, iron, wood, and asphalt, among others. Among the services provided to members, the legal counsel, technique, and communication area are responsible for the dissemination of information in the sector and adopt strategies on the part of the associated companies. As the sector is also a thermometer of the basis of development, shown by more or less activity as indicators of modern economies, Sinicesp provides subsidies in the form of technical suggestions to the rulers and legislators.
To the President of the Sinicesp, Silvio Ciampaglia, the entity has spared no effort to ensure that the heavy construction industry remains in full evolution. "The higher the industriousness of this economic segment, the higher the growth and more widespread the distribution of riches, either by generating jobs, or by as many people as possible having access to community assets," he points out. "From that point of view, it is possible to envision how the heavy construction sector acts on behalf of development, literally changing the face of São Paulo and Brazil through construction sites, without which no progress would be possible."