World UGT 209-210/2017

Trade Union Information Bulletin, Year 9 nºs 209 – 210 June 05, 2017

You can read on this double number (World UGT 209-210/2017)

Direct elections now! Official note from UGT: Brazil needs direct elections now – Considering the seriousness of the accusations involving President Michel Temer (PMDB party), Senator Aécio Neves (PSDB party/ State of Minas Gerais), and other important public authorities (PMDB and PR parties), UGT considers, as the only way out of the serious political moment that our nation is living, the convocation of direct elections.

UGT condemns violence against workers in Brasilia – UGT condemns the violent repression against a historic march that brought together more than 150,000 workers in Brasilia, on May 24, in a protest against the Labor and Social Security Reforms. This action revealed the government’s lack of ability to maintain a dialogue with workers and society.

Workers occupy Brasilia – Brasilia has the largest mobilization against the group of reforms of the federal government. May 24 is a historical date in which there was the largest march of the working class that Brasilia ever had. UGT organized this act combined with other trade union centers and it gathers, at the moment, nearly 50 thousand people.

Brasilia turned into a battlefield – Under a true rain of tear gas bombs, Ricardo Patah, national president of UGT, spoke at the Ministries Esplanade, in Brasilia, DF. The leader of UGT stressed that this is the time to resist the attacks congressmen are making against the working class.

UGT militant is shot in Brasilia – CONTEC criticizes police action during a march in Brasilia, in which a worker was shot. Carlos Giovani Cirilo (in the picture), representative of ATHEMG/SINDPROS-MG, an institution affiliated to UGT, was shot yesterday (May 24) by military police during the workers’ march that were making a protest against unjust Labor and Social Security Reforms in the Ministries Esplanade, in Brasilia.

TUCA condemns repression in Brazil – The Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA) expresses its solidarity with the massive mobilization carried out today, May 24, in the city of Brasilia, organized by trade unions and other social movements to reject the claim to expand the social decline agenda, demanding the resignation of this illegitimate government and the immediate convocation of elections to overcome the crisis installed in Brazil since the coup of 2016.

The future of unionism under discussion – Leaders from around the world gather in Brazil to discuss future of unionism. The meeting of service trade unions from different countries, organized by UNI Global Union, took place from May 3 to May 5 to discuss the current scenario and what can be done to strengthen union organizations. Leaders from Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, the United States, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, among other countries participated. The opening of the event featured a welcome cocktail offered by UGT.

Trade Union BRICS searches for official recognition – On May 10, representatives of the international area of trade union centers were gathered at the head offices of UGT, to discuss the deepening of Trade Union BRICS’ actions, and its official recognition as a workers’ representation body of BRICS, which comprises five emerging economies (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).

The Senate receives the president of UGT – On May 9, Senator Romero Jucá (PMDB party – State of Roraima), the leader of the government at the Senate, received Ricardo Patah, president of UGT, and other leaders of the trade union centrals to begin negotiations on the procedure of the labor reform in the Senate.

Reform intends to destroy the trade union movement –  The justification of Congressman Rogério Marinho (PSDB party/ State of Rio Grande do Norte), writer of Bill 6,787/2016 (Labor Reform), does not correspond to what is effectively “drafted” in its replacement. Written by Mr. Hudson Marcelo da Silva and by Mrs. Cláudia Campas Braga Patah

ILO launches 50 For Freedom campaign – In an event that took place at the Senate on May 10, the ILO launched the 50 For Freedom campaign to ask Brazil to reinforce the fight against forced labor with the ratification of the protocol on the subject.

UGT goes to Senate to discuss the Labor Reform – On May 16, Ricardo Patah, president of UGT, and Chiquinho Pereira, UGT’s secretary of union organization, attended the Plenary session of the Senate, which was the second thematic session that discussed the proposal of Labor Reform. In the morning, Ronaldo Nogueira, Labor Minister, defended the proposal – which was approved in the Chamber.

UGT will be part of the National Commission of SDGs – UGT, through its 2030 Journey, along with its Sustainability Committee, was selected to form the National Commission on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as representative of civil society. The 2030 Journey is an initiative of UGT that not only promotes the SDGs, but also mobilizes union institutions and leaderships to implement this important agenda in the country.

Human development beyond medias –  Ipea (Institute of Applied Economic Research), FJP (João Pinheiro Foundation) and UNPD (United Nations Development Programme) report analyzes the influence of ethnicity, gender and domicile situation in the country’s Municipal Human Development Index. Even with more schooling, women have an income 28% lower than men.

Marcos Afonso Oliveira

UGT Publicizing and Communications Secretary


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