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.
With court orders and arrest warrants against the
management of the Flasko factory, which operates under
workers’ control, the decision has been made to hand over the administration of
the company to an administrator under the control of the old bosses. The
administrator named by the judge has already dismissed 50 workers, starting
with all the members of the Factory Council elected by the workers’ assembly.
Earlier this year a
Spanish comrade visited the occupied factories in Brazil and
wrote this report. This was before 150 armed police raided the factory on
orders of a judge. This report gives you a taste of what the CIPLA workers had
achieved. We must not allow all this to be destroyed. Please take part in the
international solidarity campaign and raise this issue wherever you can in the
The workers of the occupied
factory CIPLA were surprised this morning by 150 men, heavily armed, from the
Federal Police, who invaded the factory in order to arrest the members of the factory committee.
Few people know about the true history of the
abolition of slavery in Brazil.
The veteran revolutionary and leader of the Black Socialist movement in Brazil, José Carlos Miranda, puts the record straight. Also available in Portuguese.