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A call for General Strike for Labor Rights in Brazil

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A day of national actionon the last day April 15, sponsored by the Brazilian union leaders united the Brazilian trade union and popular movement in defense of historical labor rights, which has been under attack by the parliament.

On this day, the CSP-Conlutas - Labor and Peolple’s Federation carried out unity in action with other organizations and part of the ruling labor federation, including the biggest labor federation CUT, which supports the DIlma Roussef’s government. The strategy was to boost the masses to take to the streets : important factories were shut down and large demonstrations took place in major cities of the country.

This is an important moment for the Brazilian working class, as there is a possibility of the first general strike since the setbacks of the 1990s, when there was a massive privatization and denationalization of important Brazilian resources such as mining, telecommunications and public banks.

A resolution of the National Executive Secretariat of the CSP-Conlutas calls the main national labor federations for the construction of a general strike, since despite of the day of action, the bill to allow outsourcing is still in progress in Congress.

Dilma Roussef’s administration
The strong mobilization that is being built is against the bill that would institutionalize the outsourcing of worker, in addition to other measures that have been implemented to withdrew rights of pensioners and unemployed.

Currently, outsourced workers receive on average 25% lower wages and work three hours more per week besides a much higher turnover.

This would be the biggest attack on workers’ rights since the coup d’etat in 1964.

Today in Brazil, about 20% of the total are already working in outsourcing situation, and about 40% of workers operate informally, even after a decade marked by economic growth. By comparison, even after years of crisis, the countries of southern Europe have about 20% of workers in this situation.