Trade Union Confederations mobilize in Brazil against Labor Reforms

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By: Juliana Gonçalves / Source: Brasil de Fato / The Dawn News / November 10, 2017

 

Manifestations in 24 capitals of the country and also in the Federal District

Photo: Workers in the city of Salvador in Bahia state in one of the strikes against labor reforms and pension reforms / Paulo Pinto / Agencia PT

 

On the eve of the day that the new labor rules will enter into effect, the Brazilian trade union confederations call on manifestations against the labor reform and pension reform. The protests are called for today Friday, November 10 in 24 cities in the country and in the Federal District.

This saturday, November 11, the labor reform approved in July by the coup president Michel Temer, from the Democratic Movement Party of Brazil, will come into effect.

The reform changes more than 100 points of the Consolidation of Labor Laws -CLL- with a norm that regulates the labor relations in Brazil.

The opinion survey done in July by the Workers’ Central Union -CUT- with the Vox Populi Institute points out that the labor reforms and pension reforms are seen as negative by 70% of Brazilian workers.  

The objective of the call made by the labor entities is to mobilize the workers around the issue of pension reform, that is still being negotiated in the National Congress. In addition to the marches, there will be assemblies and interruption of work activities for short periods (up to an hour).

 

Thousands of workers mobilize against labor and pension reforms

 

Bahia, Paraíba, Distrito Federal, Maranhão, Alagoas, Pernambuco, and Ceará are some of the states that today are participating in the Day of Struggle against Labor Reform as of this morning November 10.

In Maceió, capital of Alagoas, the stoppage is at the entrance of Braskem (petrochemical company) and in the march in the center of the city there were more than five thousand people. In Salvador, Bahia, the highways were blocked to the Lapa station. In Fortaleza, workers concentrated in the Bandeira Plaza. In Ceará there are already more than 20 thousand people on the streets. In Sao Luiz, Maranhão, indigenous people, landless people, quilombo communities and urban workers are participating in the mobilization.

In the Federal District, the demonstrators are confident in people’s power in the streets. Victor Frota da Silva, director of the Urban Trade Union of the Federal District, talks about the labor reform as a regression of years of workers struggle: “The Temer government did this labor reform. More than a reform, it is taking away the rights of the people that were won after many decades of struggle like in the case of the CLL.”

He also believes that it is still possible to stop the Pension reform with the election of a people’s candidate in 2018.

Aristides Veras, President of the National Confederation of Agricultural Workers -Contag-, states that the effects of the labor reform in the countryside will be even more devastating than in the cities. “The consequences will cause an increase in slave labor, an increase in violence in the countryside, increased precarity of work, decrease of income of workers and increase of conflicts,” he said.

Paraná, Rio de Janeiro, Pará, Minas Gerais and Rio Grande do Norte are also organizing in the streets with the central trade unions. In Sao Paolo, around 20 thousand people are protesting in the Central Plaza.

In social media, the hashtag #derrubareforma (down with the reform) is trending today.

 

Below are some pictures and updates on the mobilizations:

“Sao Paulo | Around 20 thousand people occupy the Central Plaza, in a unified act of the central trade unions according to the organizers

 

Minas Gerais | Concentration in the Station Plaza, in Belo Horizonte

 

Paraná | Act against the labor reform with hundreds of people in Boca Maldita, in the center of Curitiba

 

Bahia | MST joins diverse movements, organizations and traditional communities in Paulo Afonso, in the Sao Francisco region and blocks the bridge of the city

 

In Belo Horizonte, the mobilization has just arrived to CEMIG where the MST victoriously left the company and joined the struggle of the trade unions. The march continues until the Assembly Plaza where there will be a fair put on by peasant women

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