Trade Union Information Bulletin Year 9 nº 208 May 1, 2017
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May Day against removal of rights – We celebrate May Day in honor of the martyrs of Chicago (USA) who were violently reprimanded in 1886 for a major demonstration they did, which had the goal of demanding better working conditions and fair day’s work. In 2017, workers throughout Brazil have nothing to celebrate, because social and labor rights are threatened. Such rights were achieved with the blood and sweat of many Brazilians, who lost their lives to achieve the dream of living in a better country for all. Ricardo Patah, National President of UGT
A warning to the government – UGT performed a unitary action with the trade union centers Força Sindical, CUT, CGTB, New Central, Intersindical, CSB, Conlutas and CTB. On April 28, they held the largest work stoppage since January 1986. The act focused on maintaining the labor and social security rights of the population.
May Day 2017: The April 28 strike continues – April 28, 2017 will go down in the history of the Brazilian people as the day when the overwhelming majority of workers said NO to Bill 287, which destroys the right to retirement, NO to Draft Bill 6787, which tears the Consolidation of Labor Laws and NO to the law 4302, which allows outsourcing in all the activities of a company!
Brazil stopped against reforms – UGT, an institution with representation in all the states of Brazil, mobilized all its affiliates on April 28, General Strike Day, in defense of labor, social and social security rights that are threatened due to all measures that were proposed by the federal government.
May Day Seminar – UGT’s ten years of struggle and the challenges of the present. The event took place in São Paulo and brought together about 900 people, including presidents of UGT’s State branches, trade union leaders, civil society and political representatives.
International solidarity – The International Trade Union Confederation – ITUC expresses total solidarity with the workers of Brazil by the general strike that involves all the trade union confederations of the country. The Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), fully support the general strike convened by trade unions in Brazil on April 28. The Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) calls on all its affiliates in Latin America and the Caribbean to issue solidarity actions with the NATIONAL GENERAL STRIKE. At its Executive Committee meeting in Geneva on 26-28 April 2017, IndustriALL Global Union, which represents more than 50 million workers on five continents, offers its solidarity and support to Brazilian workers and reaffirms its intention to strengthen the struggle for
Exhibition on 10 years of UGT – Opening of the exhibition “17 reasons to change the world” in Paulista Avenue. UGT, in a partnership with the United Nations (UN), through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Brazil, the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the São Paulo city hall, promotes the exhibition “10 years of UGT: 17 reasons to change the world”.
UGT attends seminar on trade in borders – Avelino Garcia (from UGT’s General Secretariat), Luiz Hamilton and Professor Moisés Balestro (UGT’s Higher Studies Institute) represented UGT and attended a seminar promoted by Uni Americas.
The Agenda 2030 and 17 reasons to change the world – The Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development is a plan of action for people, for the planet and for prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace with more freedom. We recognize that the eradication of poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.
Marcos Afonso Oliveira
UGT Publicizing and Communications Secretary