NO ADVERTISING, GOVERNMENT OR CORPORATE FUNDING
DONATE TODAY


  July 12, 2013

Brazil's Major Unions Join Movement for First Time, Strike in 150 Cities


Brazilian workers strike across the country in "Day of Social Struggle' demanding specific reforms.
Members don't see ads. If you are a member, and you're seeing this appeal, click here
   


audio

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter



I support The Real News Network because it lets viewers voice their uncensored opinions. - David Pear
Log in and tell us why you support TRNN


transcript

Brazil's Major Unions Join Movement for First Time, Strike in 150 CitiesNERITA OEIRAS, TRNN PRODUCER: In the year of the Brazilian Spring, July 11 became known as the National Day for Social Struggle.

After a month with plenty of demonstrations, when more than a million people reached the streets to protest and obtained important political and social achievements, such as the investment of a full 100 percent of oil revenue in education and health, today was the first day that workers paralyzed the country and joined the demonstrations.

Centra Unitaria do Trabajadores (CUT), the national worker's coalition, called workers to join the strikes and protests that took place in more than 150 cities in 18 states of the country. More than 80 kilometers of roads where blocked. The city of São Paulo alone registered more than 20 street demonstrations, all gathering in the economical hub of the city, the Avenida Paulista, by the end of the day.

[incompr.] is one of the most organized cities in Brazil and attracts several investments because of its infrustructure. The largest demonstrations to date took place there, with 35,000 people protesting.

In Rio de Janeiro, The Real News followed the marches. Since the beginning of the day, this city was moved by protests, when smaller demonstrations could be seen.

Banks did not open their doors, but public transportation functioned normally. In the afternoon, the protests happened downtown, with several social movements organized to demand improvements for the workers' conditions in areas such as social security (or previdencia social), work hours, and retirement.

UNIDENTIFIED (SUBTITLED TRANSL.): We have specific demands. The first claim is the retirement age. The second claim is to reduce the work journey without the reduction of wages. There are also social claims to stop oil auctions, to invest 10 percent of the GDP in education and other 10 percent in health.

UNIDENTIFIED (SUBTITLED TRANSL.): Workers' claims are in standby in Brazilian Congress. Topics that are important for us, like the reductions of the work journey, still haven't got Congress approval. Also a modification for a lower retirement age, which was approved at Congress but blocked by the presidency. We need to overcome the presidential block for a measure that is harming 20 million retired workers in the country.

OEIRAS: The workers' demonstrations gives continuity to an ongoing process of popular pressure to the government of Dilma Rousseff. Her party, PT, the worker's party, was born deeply connected with social movements as CUT and MST, or Movemento sin terra, a movement of people forcibly thrown away from their lands by large agrobusinesses.

Nonetheless, the current government is largely criticized for its gradual separation from worker's struggles and its closeness to financial elites and agribusiness oligarchies.

UNIDENTIFIED (SUBTITLED TRANSL.): The spheres of power implement neoliberal politics that serve interests of banks, agribusinesses, construction companies and vehicles manufactures. But they don't serve the interests of youth and workers of our country.

UNIDENTIFIED (SUBTITLED TRANSL.): The spurious and shameless politics serve the interests of bankers and entrepreneurs, leaving only crumbs for the workers.

UNIDENTIFIED (SUBTITLED TRANSL.): We cannot be labeled as the country of samba, carnival, and soccer. We must be labeled as the country of education and health.

OEIRAS: In the streets of Rio, demonstrations more often than not ends up with confrontations between police and protestors. The police attacks on protestors have been widely criticized by society, which considers them to be unnecessary and violent.

Neither President Dilma Rousseff, nor any governors or mayors have make any official pronouncements about the claims put forward by the workers today.

Reporting from Rio de Janeiro for The Real News, this is Nerita Oeiras.

End

DISCLAIMER: Please note that transcripts for The Real News Network are typed from a recording of the program. TRNN cannot guarantee their complete accuracy.



Comments

Our automatic spam filter blocks comments with multiple links and multiple users using the same IP address. Please make thoughtful comments with minimal links using only one user name. If you think your comment has been mistakenly removed please email us at contact@therealnews.com

latest stories

Nebraskan Landowners Resist Keystone XL By Refusing to Sell Their Property to TransCanada
Study Links Extreme Weather Events to Climate Change
Sixth Year of War in Syria Marked by Tremendous Civilian Casualties
The Protest-Resignation of UN Under-Secretary Dr. Rima Khalaf
Climate Catastrophe Is Here: 2016 Hottest Year on Record
Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March in D.C. Set for August
"Wealthcare" Defeated: Health Care For All Back on the Agenda
Defending the Climate in the Age of Trump
Baltimore Public School Funding Pales in Comparison to Private Education Spending
Rattling the Bars: Women and Incarceration
Trump-Republican Alliance in Disarray?
Baltimore Mayor's Veto of $15 Wage Protects Policy of Subsidizing Wealthy, Councilperson Says
The Truth Behind the War on Immigrants
Were Haitian Police Behind Assassination Attempt on Aristide?
New Provisions Eliminate Healthcare From GOP 'Wealthcare' Bill
Why Further Revelations on Trump's Russian Connections Might Fail to Bring Him Down
18 Million U.S. Citizens Exposed to Lead-Contaminated Water Systems
Russia vs. USA: Who is the Threat, Who is the Aggressor? (2/2)
Should Sanders Continue the Fight Outside the Democratic Party?
Fed Inflation Target Keeping Wages Low, People Out of Jobs
Is Trump Dangerous for Russia?
Was the Georgian Conflict Started to Elect John McCain President in 2008? Pt.1
Will the NDP Adopt Pro-BDS Platform?
Massive Cuts to EPA Threaten Communities Already Suffering From Pollution, Climate Change
Whistle Blower Teacher Says Charter Schools Draining Students, Resources from Public Education
Trump's Budget Targets Climate Change Spending Across All Federal Agencies
US Has Interfered in More Elections Than Any Other Nation
Maryland Democrats Push Back Against Gov. Hogan's Support for ACA Repeal
Russia vs. USA: Who is the Threat, Who is the Aggressor? (1/2)
Democrats Fail to Dig into Trump's Shady Financial Ties During Hearing

TheRealNewsNetwork.com, RealNewsNetwork.com, The Real News Network, Real News Network, The Real News, Real News, Real News For Real People, IWT are trademarks and service marks of Independent World Television inc. "The Real News" is the flagship show of IWT and The Real News Network.

All original content on this site is copyright of The Real News Network. Click here for more

Problems with this site? Please let us know

Managed Wordpress Hosting