The newly appointed
administrator of Cipla/Interifbra recently visited Flasko, another occupied
factory, and attempted to sack the general coordinator of the Factory Council.
The intention is clear, the Brazilian ruling class wants to crush the occupied
factory movement. Urgent solidarity is needed to defend the workers, their
jobs, and the occupied factory movement.
After the brutal police intervention in the Cipla factory at
the end of May the solidarity campaign has been gaining momentum. On June 13 a
rally was held outside the factory with many trade union delegations taking
part from Brazil as well as
representatives of occupied factories from Argentina,
Paraguay and Venezuela.
As part of the
international campaign in support of CIPLA workers, Hands off Venezuela and
Young Socialist activists gathered yesterday in front of the Brazilian embassy
in Vienna. In Belgium and Germany also the struggle of the CIPLA/Interfibra workers
in Joinville was taken up with the Brazilian Embassy.
Today, June 12, pickets were organised outside various embassies in Europe to demand that the court order to seize the Cipla and Interfibra factories be
withdrawn, and that these be nationalised and returned to workers’ control and
to Judge Oziel Francisco de Sousa, who decided upon the invasion of CIPLA by
150 armed police with the aim of closing the plant. As we received this article
we heard the news that the administrator has abolished the 30-hour week and
reintroduced 40 hours, a clear indication of the real intentions of the
Alan Woods who participated in the Pan-American Conference
of Occupied Factories held last December in the Cipla factory in Joinville,
Brazil, has issued this appeal to workers of all countries to come to the aid
of their Brazilian brothers. Keep up the protest campaign and also send letters
of solidarity to the workers in Joinville.