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IndustriALL Brasil is ‘reaction’ to deindustrialization and attacks on unions

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São Paulo – The secretary general of IndustriALL Global Union, Valter Sanches, classified as a “historic moment” the unitary articulation between the two largest union centers in the country – CUT and Força Sindical. In a joint effort by its unions, federations and confederations, the creation of IndustriALL Brasil was announced last month.

The new entity will propose sustainable policies for industrial development in Brazil. “It is another step towards the unity of action of the union movement. Workers need unity, ”said Sanches.

In an interview with Current Brazil Newspaper this Thursday (3), the leader highlighted the deindustrialization process that is plaguing the country. Formerly responsible for almost a third of the wealth produced, the sector currently represents about 10% of GDP.

“This ultraliberal government, in addition to destroying public assets and privatizing what is not its own, has no industrial policy strategy. And there is no sustainable foreign trade policy. On the contrary, it is destroying secular trade relations with countries that are important partners for Brazil, ”said the leader.

Without structured action on the part of the State, therefore, the tendency is for this process to worsen, since the world is experiencing important transformations in global value chains, with the introduction of new technologies in the productive sector. “Without a sustainable industrial policy, Brazil will be condemned to more de-industrialization than it has been suffering in recent years.”

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In addition to proposing policies for the sector, IndustriALL Brasil should also strengthen the work of workers. Sanches pointed out that the Brazilian union organization – with division of representation by branch, sector and municipality – favors fragmentation. The articulation between CUT and Força Sindical, however, comes to counter this movement.

“All developed nations are those that have strong and active unionism, as an important social partner in society,” said Sanches. He cited Vietnam as an example, which industrialized after the war and grew in terms of jobs and wages, thanks to the active participation of unions.

On the other hand, Sanches also called the speech adopted by the government and the employers’ sector that it is necessary to reduce the cost of labor in Brazil. He also pointed out that the deepening of the precarious process of labor relations in recent years has also weakened the domestic market.

“It has reached a point where the worker is no longer a consumer. When it stops consuming, the country is plunged into recession. But then that boomerang comes back against the company itself, ”he said.

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Writing: Tiago Pereira

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Book addresses transformations in rap through changes in society

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São Paulo – Society undergoes several changes, year after year, be it culturally, in its forms of organization, and even in new working methods. These transformations influence other segments, including Hip-Hop, rap and their MC battles. In view of this, social scientist Felipe Oliveira Campos, known as Felipe Choco, launched the book Rap, Culture and Politics: Battle of the Matrix and the Aesthetics of Entrepreneurial Overcoming, which addresses the digital and marketing influence within this culture.

A member of the Center for Studies and Research of Afro-America (Nepafro), Choco analyzes contemporary society using the Battle of the Matrix held in São Bernardo do Campo as a pillar since 2013, and considered a reference in the duel between MCs. The resistance of the event, the target of police repression and municipal administration, was the starting point for the author.

“When I face the Battle of the Matrix, it poses a number of questions that can be deepened, being able to understand it beyond the context of battles, as public spaces in cities”, he explains. “When the Battle of the Matrix emerged, I was part of the Hip-Hop Forum of São Bernardo do Campo, and mediated conflicts with the Government. Therefore, I realized that the conflicts that the battle created when occupying the public space, raised questions of general interest. So I used the Battle of the Matrix as a way to understand contemporary Brazil, ”added Choco.

In 2018, RBA reported the repression suffered by the battle of ABC Paulista. At the time, the management of the mayor of São Bernardo do Campo, Orlando Morando (PSDB), tried to “boycott” the traditional rap event in the city, by charging a fee for using the Praça da Matrix, in the city center. At various times, rapper Emicida went to the site to support young people.

Social transformations

While society sees new forms of organization, rap also adapts to these changes. The writer compares the professionalization of artists and battles to the industrialization of the city of São Bernardo do Campo and Posse Hausa, a black organization founded in the 1990s, focused on the Hip-Hop movement, whose majority of the members were workers in the ABC industry Paulista.

With the 2017 labor reform, by then President Michel Temer (MDB-SP), Felipe Choco explains that the social dynamics have also changed within the Hip-Hop culture. “Today, the organizers of the Battle of the Matrix are part of the service sector, without stability and without social protection. Therefore, the financial solution, among the organizers, was the professionalization of the event. This applies to the whole culture. ”

The main example used by the author of these social and economic transformations in rap is Emicida’s career. Coming from the Battle of Santa Cruz, disputed south of São Paulo, the rapper emerged using the main method of rhyming duels: the punchlines – in Portuguese, punch lines, used to impress the listener.

After the success, the rapper created his own musical label: Laboratório Fantasma. “Emicida created a horizon to organize its own career, without having to go through the distributors’ screen. In other words, it is the democratization of music production, distribution and consumption ”, said Choco, who recalls that the book’s presentation is signed by the MC.

Aesthetics of entrepreneurial overcoming

Based on the phenomenon achieved by Emicida, the social scientist points to the creation of a new aesthetic within rap: that of entrepreneurial overcoming. According to him, this aspect allows creative freedom and financial autonomy, creating a style of business organization.

“This overcoming does not mean denying the culture’s past, but advancing in the market sense, creating a mark around the artist”, he explained. The author quotes a statement by Mano Brown, a member of Racionais, where the rapper points out that the phonographic market is no longer just the commercialization of music, but also the image and positioning of MCs.

This aesthetic creates a new notion of work and organization, according to the author. “If we make a parallel with the industrial market, in the 1990s, work was in opposition to capital, where the organization of the workforce sought its valorization. Now, in the face of informality and the imposition that ‘each one is an entrepreneur of their own’, artists become their own business capital ”, he reiterates.

However, this entrepreneurial resilience does not only involve rappers and new independent labels, but also affects the battles of MCs, including the Matrix. With the rise of streaming platforms such as YouTube, duels have become more digital, have reached new audiences and created a new market.

“The Battle of the Matrix is ​​a product of that condition that battles have become. Before the pandemic, every Tuesday, she mobilized 1,000 people in the square. Battles play a fundamental role in mutations and reinventions of culture, as was the case with punchline, taking a new breath in how to make and organize rap. These changes that occur in rap did not come out of nowhere, they are the result of social transformations ”, concludes Felipe.

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