As we have reported in earlier articles,some
691 delegates from 12 countries met in Joinville,
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.
The second day of the Pan American Conference provided a real taste of the most advanced workers’ struggles in Brazil and other countries in Latin America. Peasant leaders, Bolivian miners’ leaders, factory leaders, all spoke about the terrible conditions and expressed their determination to struggle. The idea of factory occupations as an answer to the bosses’ closing of factories dominated the discussion, as did a deep-seated desire to struggle for international socialism.
On Friday one thousand workers gathered in the Cipla plant in Brazil and decided to reduce the working week in the factory to 30 hours. The factory is run by the workers and they are doing it in a very efficient manner, an example to workers in all countries. Workers can run factories and therefore they could also run society. Alan Woods was among the comrades who addressed the meeting, getting a rapturous applause from the workers present.
Yesterday, Alan Woods
spoke at another meeting in the Camara de Vesadoria in Joinville, where around
200 workers had gathered to listen to him speaking on the general world
situation. The meeting was introduced by Serge Goulart, leader of the occupied
factories movement in Brazil,
and present in the audience was also Roberto Chavez, the general secretary of
the Bolivian Minersâ€™ Federation.
After his successful trip to Venezuela, the editor of Marxist.com, Alan Woods, accepted an invitation to speak at an important conference of workers in occupied factories from all over Latin America. The conference is taking place this weekend in the industrial city of Joinville in the south of Brazil. It is being organized by CIPLA, an occupied plastics factory in Joinville.