Speech by Mr. Nilton Souza Da Silva, Secretary of International Relations

While maintaining economic growth and employment, trade unions’ work in safeguarding the interests of workers and

Social inclusion

First of all, on behalf of the National Committee of FS, I would like to thank the comrades and friends of ACFTU for the invitation, which has given us the opportunity to discuss, communicate and exchange experiences in the important issues such as national and regional trade union movement actions and challenges.

As we discussed in previous Fora, globalization has brought about massive changes and impact on labor and the society.

Economic liberalization and new technologies to create an interdependent and interrelated world between organizations and individuals in political, social and economic sectors (trade, investment, finance and production organization).

The process of economic globalization is a controversial process. The advantage is to promote national development, while the disadvantage is its impact on income distribution, poverty, unemployment, migration, social irregularities and exclusion.

In fact, in response to the economic crisis and the decline of the neoliberalism, almost all trade union organizations, social welfare and labor income are subject to regime attacks.

In our view, the reduction in wages and social rights and interests means decreasing the direct or indirect income of active labor force, retired workers and people living on the allowances. We believe that this is not acceptable, and it will even impact the next generation.

In Brazil, the long period after the ruling of the military government (1964-1985) was the most difficult times for the labor and society. Today, we can be sure that our country has made significant progress in the past two decades.

With industrialization, economic stability, social programs and increased investment, employment and income distribution have been improved and economy and democracy have been consolidated. In this context, trade unions have made key contributions to maintaining and expanding workers’ rights and interests in Brazil.

In recent years, together with other trade union organization in Brazil, we have promoted an important joint union action, which is very helpful to empower our workers and enhanced the power of trade unions.

Thanks to the solidarity in the trade union action in Brazil, we have not only prevented unfavorable, unpopular and regressive initiatives by entrepreneurs, Congress and the government on some occasions, but also successfully promoted the growth of 90% real collective wage and increased the minimum wage.

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  Source: ACFTU  2014-09-25

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