Thousands of people marched Wednesday in Sao Paulo to demand a series of labor reforms, including a reduction in the length of the workweek to 40 hours.

Participating in the peaceful protest were some of the country's main unions, including the Worker's Central, or CUT, the largest labor organization in Brazil.

Amid hundreds of balloons and flags with the initials of the different unions, CUT president Vagner Freitas said that the aim of the march was to pressure the government and the national legislature to resume negotiations.

"Congress has to approve our agenda. This is the time. In an election year, they're coming after the vote and to get the worker's vote they have to attend to the agenda of the working class," Freitas said.

Under the slogan "Eighth working class march: For more rights and quality of life," thousands of demonstrators - 9,000, the Military Police told Efe, and 40,000 according to the CUT - marched through some of the city's main avenues, halting traffic at some points.

In addition to a reduction of the workday, the marchers were also demanding improvements in public transport, greater investment in education and health care and an increase in inflation control.

Also participating in the march was the Landless Peasants Movement, which introduced the need for agrarian reform into the list of protesters' demands. EFE