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CUT and Força form entity for a ‘new’ industry



São Paulo – The creation of IndustriALL Brasil, this Tuesday (17th), represents another stage in the effort of the union movement to defend the sector and stop the process of deindustrialization in the country. It is the first time that CUT and Força Sindical come together to form an entity, in which they will share command, planning and proposals. The name and format are inspired by the IndustriALL Global Union, created in 2012 – by entities representing 50 million workers in more than 140 countries – but without formal ties.

From the development of a national industry from the 1950s to the crisis of the 1980s and the globalization that started in the following decade, the sector was losing weight in the Brazilian economy. It came to represent practically a third of the national GDP, but for years it has skyrocketed in the range of 10%, without the last governments, since 2016, presenting any type of policy for the sector. The challenge is to diagnose the problems and present proposals for sustainable policies, in a context of intense and rapid transformation of the sector.

Ten million workers

In addition to the direction, which includes the presidents of the plants, IndustriALL Brasil is organized into departments, according to the sector of activity: Metallurgical, Chemical, Textile / Clothing, Construction, Food and Energy. CUT and Força report representing 10 million workers in the industry, out of a total of almost 38 million at the base across the country.

The general secretary of the new entity is Raimundo Suzart, from the chemical branch (CUT). The vice-presidency was with Rosemary Prado, from the metallurgical area (Força). And the presidency, in the period 2020-2022, fell to Aroaldo Oliveira da Silva, 42 years old, metallurgist (CUT).

New generation

Executive director of the ABC Metalworkers Union, Aroaldo himself represents a new generation in the industry. Coincidentally, he was born in 1978, the year of the pioneering strike at Scania, in São Bernardo do Campo, led by Gilson Menezes, among others. The union president, going for the second term, was Luiz Inácio da Silva, known as Lula.

Aroaldo’s father was also a metallurgist, from the Northeast and a retirant. He went to work in the industry and arrived at Mercedes-Benz in São Bernardo, where he himself entered, in July 1993, as an apprentice at Senai. He went to the factory in 1996 and ended up in 1997, as a vehicle assembler. Thus, it went through all the recent phases: the productive restructuring, which eliminated many jobs, the “dismantling” of the FHC years and a beginning of economic recovery mainly under the Lula government.

Diagnosis and unified agenda

For Aroaldo, IndustriALL Brasil has the role of “unifying the union agenda” on reindustrialization. “The first step is to try to make a thorough diagnosis of the Brazilian industry. Everyone talks about industrial policy. We need to have a policy that develops Brazil and other sectors. With quality, income and rights ”, says the president.

He also notes that it is necessary to think about the sector in an articulated way, considering each production chain. And the new entity – formed from overcoming divergences and uniting convergences – will not “replace” national centrals or confederations, adds Aroaldo, but will provide support and play an articulating role. The idea is to group other plants in the project.

Although it represents 11% of GDP, the industry brings together 15% of formal jobs and the wage bill, recalls Aroaldo. Brazil fell for the fifth consecutive year and is the ninth in the global ranking of industrial participation, with less than 2%, compared to 25% in China and 15% in the United States, among others. It also invests little, comparatively, in research and development. “In 2019, the United States invested more than $ 580 billion, China invested $ 520 billion, Japan, almost $ 200 billion. And Brazil, less than US $ 40 billion, ”he said.

Policy and investment

Secretary-General of IndustriALL Global Union since 2016, the Brazilian Valter Sanches participated in the live launching event, which also included representatives from the various departments and the two central offices – the president of CUT, Sérgio Nobre, and the director of Força Mônica Veloso. The plant’s president, Miguel Torres, is recovering from the covid-19. Sanches highlighted Brazil’s “shattered economy”. “Without an industrial policy and without foreign investment, it is condemning even more (the country) to deindustrialization.”

Monica linked unemployment to poverty. And he defended the rescue of the right to work and life as values ​​of democracy. Sérgio Nobre affirmed that the current government is of “destruction” and that it is necessary to discuss with society what would mean the “death” of the industry for the economy and the population itself. “Only soy production will not give the standard of living that our people deserve.”

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Argentine President contaminated by covid-19 and fulfills isolation




São Paulo – The president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, informed on social media that he tested positive for covid-19, after showing symptoms of the disease. He said he is in isolation and has warned people with whom he has had contact in the past 48 hours. And he also reported that he had 37.3ºC of fever, in addition to feeling a slight headache.

The announcement was made this Saturday (3), the day after Fernández turned 62. “For everyone’s information, I am physically well and, although I wanted to end my birthday without this news, I am also in a good mood,” said the president.

He received the first dose of the vaccine (Sputnik) in January. The second, the following month. “I’m fine, I don’t have any symptoms. Only this fever from yesterday that I reported ”, he declared to the newspaper Clarín. “It is a very complicated virus, and the demonstration is that I got infected, even though I was vaccinated with both doses and with extreme care,” he added.

Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who received the second dose of the vaccine today, sent a message of support to “Daqui do Brasil I send good energy, hoping for its prompt recovery. May soon overcome this disease to continue caring for the Argentine people. Hugs, mate! ”He wrote.

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