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Brazilian metalworkers’ prepare for industry challenges

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22 January, 2016IndustriALL Global Union Brazilian affiliate, CNM/CUT, is addressing the challenges facing industry with a workshop and book launch on 22 January in Porto Alegre, Brazil. 

The activities are part of a thematic event  being organized in the run up to the World Social Forum 2016, which will take place in Montreal, Canada in August.

Metalworkers’ union, CNM/CUT, has issued an open invitation to the workshop on “Industrialization and the challenges faced by the working class in Brazil and Latin America”. Marino Vani, IndustriALL Assistant Regional Secretary for Latin America and the Caribbean will represent IndustriALL at the event.

"The aim of the workshop is to show that industrial workers are fighting for economic and social progress, mainly to promote decent working conditions”, explained CNM General Secretary, Loricardo de Oliveira.

The event will also launch the book Las caras de la industria metalúrgica en Brasil: una contribución a la lucha sindical (Aspects of the metalworking industry in Brazil: a contribution to the trade union struggle). It provides a comprehensive assessment of the six sectors of the metalworking industry in the country and is published by CNM/CUT in conjunction with the trade union research organisation, DIESSE.   

More than 200 hundred organizations are expected to take part in this year’s World Social Forum, which is a large annual meeting for members of civil society to discuss solutions to the problems facing the world.

“At the end of each forum, a document is published worldwide with proposals for sustainability. We want to take responsibility for putting forward suggestions capable of bringing change to industry,” said Loricardo de Oliveira.

Fernando Lopes, IndustriALL Global Union Assistant General Secretary, said:

The World Social Forum is an important initiative at which social movements discuss and organise joint action to create a more just society that allows the interests of people and the sustainability of the planet to take precedence over the desire of the big companies to increase profits.