[Marxism] São Paulo strikes: Brazil faces an unprecedented labor crisis with the World Cup just days away.

Andrew Pollack acpollack2 at gmail.com
Mon Jun 9 06:59:07 MDT 2014


Altino Prazeres, president, Metro Workers Union São Paulo Brazil
Sao Paulo Transit Workers: Intensify the struggle, defend the right to
strike, prevent any punishment, we want to negotiate now.
Everyone has been following the mobilizations going on in Brazil with
strikes and demonstration by workers and popular organizations expressing
their indignation about the World Cup with its astronomic costs and
corruption, all in function of the interests of the multinational companies
and FIFA.
But at the same time people have been .putting forward their concrete
struggles making demands for salaries, rights, housing, better public
services. They have denounced repression and criminalization of dissent,
At this moment, the transit workers in Sao Paulo are in the fifth day of a
strike which began last Thursday. The transport workers carry 4,000,000
passengers every day in the city where, next Thursday, June 12, the opening
of the World Cup will take place. Because this strike is so important, the
government has decided that it has to be defeated come what may. It is
seeking to impose an end to the strike and also prevent the mobilizations
from escalating in the coming days.
Brazilian Justice, working hand in hand with the interests of the
government, big business and FIFA declared the strike illegal today and
demanded that the transit workers return to work immediately. It has
established a daily fine of US$ 250,000 on their union for non-compliance.
This decision by the Justice Ministry allows the government to dismiss the
strikers, contravening all their legal and economic rights.
We are counting on the support and solidarity of all the Brazilian union
centrals that are organization initiatives in support of the strike (see
note below)
The Union and the workers have decided to continue the strike, despite the
government’s orders, in order to defend their demands and also to defend
their right to strike.
We need your support and solidarity. Send messages to the e-mails below,
post photos on social networks, broadcast this call on your lists and web
Full support for the Sao Paulo Transit Workers
Response to the demands of the transit sector
In defence of the right to strike.!
No to repression, no punishment!
Alckman negotiate!
Altino Prazeres, President, Sao Paulo Transit Workers Union
International Network of Solidarity and Struggle
CSP Conlutas - Brasil
Contact info and where to send support messages:
Altino Prazeres
Président du Syndicat des Travailleurs du Métro de São Paulo
http://www.metroviarios.org.br/site/ -
Réseau Syndical International de Solidarité et de Lutte
CSP-Conlutas — Brésil
 - https://www.facebook.com/CSPConlutas
sindicato at metroviarios-sp.org.br
imprensa at metroviarios-sp.org.br
cc: dirceutravesso1 at gmail.com

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