In this video interview (in Spanish), Serge Goulart, the national coordinator of the Occupied Factories Movement in Brazil gives an overview of the latest situation of the struggle against the decision of the Lula government to organise a judicial-police intervention against CIPLA and Interfibra and the attacks on the workers at Flaskó.
court appointed administrator at Cipla has been at it again. After being
expelled from Flasko after an attempt to sack the Factory Committee there, he
has now threatened to “crush” the workers. Facing pressure from all side, the
workers at Flasko are standing firm in the defence of workers’ control, their
jobs, and their factories.
Flasko workers have successfully defended their factory for a second time. You can see video footage of yesterday’s event and read an appeal from the workers for solidarity in defending the factory and their jobs.
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.