World UGT 183/2016

 Trade Union Information Bulletin             Year  8    nº 183         April 24, 2016

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UGT’s commitment to solve the crisis – Economy shrank more than 10% and unemployment is on the way to reach nearly 12 million workers by the end of the year. Without political credibility, there is no political support from society or from the congress. Without political support, there is no governability. Without governability, there is no planning. Without planning, there is no investment. Without investment, there is no growth. Without growth, there is no employment. Without employment, there is no income. Without income, there is no consumption. Without consumption, there are no sales. Without sales, there are no factories, stores, malls, supermarkets, bars or restaurants. Without the organic combination of these factors, there is no development.

UGT understands that the near future demands – Since UGT is the 2nd largest trade union of Brazil its ability is in its strong mobilization, it calls its grassroots workers and civil society in every location to step pressure on the political class to unlock the political environment and demand the implementation of these measures as a way of overcoming the crisis and also supporting the Prosecutor’s Office in the Operation Car Wash so that our country’s future is rewritten.

Under discussion: gender, race and youth – On April 10, UGT’s IV Conference on Gender, Race and Youth started, gathering unionists and militants from several Brazilian States to discuss what has been achieved over the last years, make an overview on the remaining problems and strengthen the issues related to gender, race and youth in departments of UGT.

In defense of trade union freedom – Metallurgists from Nissan’s assembly plant located in Mississippi were supported by Brazilian colleagues in the fight for the right to organize their trade union. They had a legal hearing at the Human Rights Commission and described the arbitrary acts committed against workers in the plant, which is one of the sponsors of Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Nissan’s anti-unionist practices are denounced at the Human Rights Commission – According to unionists, Nissan’s assembly plant violates international rules on labor rights by preventing the unionization of workers in its automobile factories in the State of Mississippi, United States.

National Wage Floor of Commerce Workers – The intense schedule of Ricardo Patah, UGT’s national president, in the capital of Minas Gerais, on April 04, ended with a meeting with the grassroots board of directors of the Commerce Workers Union of Belo Horizonte and Metro Area (SECBHRM), held at the auditorium Carlos Alberto da Silva, ex-president and current heritage director of the institution who attended the event.

UGT against approval of Complementary Law Project 257/2016 – UGT’s State branch of Minas Gerais, through its department of the Public Servant, is mobilizing to prevent the approval of the Complementary Law Project 257/2016, for it considers this project another strike against the public servants.

Daniela Mercury in a UN video  – Check the UN campaign Free & Equal: getting to know the backstage of activism of the couple Daniela Mercury and Malu Verçosa Mercury.

Marcos Afonso Oliveira

UGT Publicizing and Communications Secretary


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