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The social war against the people continues

Israel Dutra and Thiago Aguiar – (Secretariat of the MES-PSOL) – 11.09.2017

Last week was marked by the government’s attempt to accelerate the adjustment. Despite disagreements between ministers – the most serious case was the fight between Rodrigo Maia and Minister Torquato Jardim about the security crisis in Rio – the government seeks unity to approve more measures against the people.

After the second complaint of Janot, Temer wants to follow the layout of the adjustment. To archive the process, he moved his pieces in the parliament, distributing amendments and making “gestures” for the most reactionary sectors, such as the absurd ordinance that modified the legislation on slave labor. On the other side, with the all-powerful Henrique Meirelles ahead, Temer sells the data of the “economic recovery”. The truth is that we are seeing much more a “despiora” as some economists have been trying to make a booming recovery. The social crisis and the freezing of public spending act in the direction of punishing the poorest sectors.

Social warfare, therefore, continues in the plans of governments. For his acquittal, Temer did not hesitate to use a new currency for the slave labor order, to have the votes of the ruralist caucus. If it were not the courageous act of the minister Rosa Weber, suspending the STF with the backward movement, the government’s position was a real scandal.

The world of work in sight

The first semester saw an important attack between the government and the mass movement. To approve its measures – the infamous outsourcing law and the labor reform – the government faced some important moments of resistance. The apex of that strike was the general strike of April 28, combined with the march Occupy Brasilia of May 24, at the height of the crisis of Temer with the delations of the JBS. With the setbacks of the centrals on the 30th, the result of the stabilization of the government was disastrous for the working class. The way was opened to implement its measures. In the discourse of the resumption and the end of the crisis, Michel Temer and his clique seek to go for more: break organized resistance, further precarizing labor relations, discarding any and all protection, fruit of the gains of the previous period.

It was no coincidence that the gesture of negotiation towards the ruralistas refers to an attack on the control of the modalities of slave labor. There seems to be no limits to the attacks on labor rights. The secretary of human rights, Flavia Piovesan, said goodbye to the government after the controversy. The two central objectives of the Temer management are: to guarantee the impunity of the political caste before the investigations and, in the socioeconomic level, to reduce the “costs” of the work.

On November 11 the labor reform comes into force. The government’s proposal is already being implemented in some large companies such as the Riachuelo, which offers intermittent work as a form of employment. On the other front the government announced a package of evils against public functionalism, with which it freezes salary readjustment for 2019 and increases the pension rate from 11 to 14% for the servers that earn more than 5 thousand reais.

A true operation against Labor Justice, where a wide reaction has been provoked between judges and prosecutors who, correctly, do not want to be only those who “approve” the contractual rescissions.

This line of attacks is similar also in Argentina, where Macri has just announced a reform “in Brazilian fashion”.

Hard strikes, necessary fights

In this social picture, where unemployment is still high, despite the first semester of conflict, what prevails are struggles in the categories. The union of metallurgists of the ABC managed to impose clauses in their agreement that veto the direct application of the reform. However, strikes and struggles are hard, especially because governments and employers have little room to negotiate. The recent strike of Correos, within those limits, reached important achievements. We can also say that the strike of the Chevri del Valle del Paraíba, after a very hard struggle, with weeks of paralysis of production, was quite victorious.

Currently, in Rio Grande do Sul, public functionalism is struggling against the plans of the Sartori and Marchezan governments. Although in the national context, the dynamics are not strikes or unified general struggles, the example of Rio Grande do Sul is fundamental. The strike of the gaucho teachers, which is now over 50 days, is combined with the strong strike of the employees of the municipality of Porto Alegre, in an active resistance to the neoliberal measures, the partial payment of salaries and the destruction of the public service .

The beautiful scenario of the “Povo Sem Medo” Occupation, organized and conducted by the MTST in São Bernardo do Campo, also composes the national scenario. With the presence of important artists, led by Caetano Veloso, the Occupation became a national symbol of resistance against the government, conservatism and the struggle for rights and housing. After the presence of the artists, a large march of 23 km crossed the city and reached the headquarters of the state government, with important commitments torn. A necessary fight that helps in the mood of the activists.

The difficulties of coordinating and applying an alternative are great. However, the combat energy of the beginning of the year, although dispersed, still exists. The government, strengthened by its victories, still calculates to impose the reform of the forecast, which would open a new round with the mass movement.

Move from below: build the 10N and fight the adjustment

The group of trade union centrals, together with the movement “Metallurgical Brazil”, made up of the main unions of the sector, have called the event Friday, November 10 next. Some categories, such as university officials, some judicial sectors and even other unions, increased the call. The oilmen also support the initiative, holding the pattern against the delivery of oil, linking the general fight against the adjustment. The date was chosen because it was the eve of the reform’s entry into force.

Our current, the MES in conjunction with independent sectors, endorses the call to 10N through the new Anticapitalist Trade Union Platform – MOVER. This platform was launched during the last congress of the CSP Conlutas, in Sumaré. The Congress had an important weight of the vanguard and where we also had an initiative of several streams of the PSOL, in conjunction with the MAIS, to build a plenary “for a third field” with the presence of Luciana Genro, Silvia Ferraro, Plínio de Arruda Sampaio Jr. and Hamilton Assis.


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