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.

Serge Goulart is the leader of the movement of occupied factories in Brazil. He is also a member of the national council of the PT. In this interview he outlines the situation facing the workers in Brazil and explains how he and his comrades in the PT are building a Marxist Opposition within the party.

The workers at the CIPLA plant in Brazil have successfully run the factory under workers’ control since they occupied it. The government had tried to crush them by attempting to seize assets through the courts. The state is now once more on the offensive. The leaders risk imprisonment and the factory could be closed. But the workers are fighting back. They need your help.

As we have reported in earlier articles, some 691 delegates from 12 countries met in Joinville, Brazil from December 8-10 for the Pan-American Gathering in Defence of Jobs, Rights, Land Reform and Industry. The delegates discussed their different struggles, achievements, and how to organise assistance and solidarity for workers and farmers in struggle across the continent. The following resolution was adopted at the Gathering.