Back in April the judicial authorities issued threats to imprison the
workers and militants occupying the Cipla and Interfibra factories in
Joinville, Brazil. Now at last the campaign we played a big role in
has at least achieved a partial victory. Serge Goulart wrote to us
explaining the present state of play.
Judicial authorities have issued threats to imprison the workers and
militants occupying the Cipla and Interfibra factories in the city
Joinville (state of Santa Catarina, in the south of Brazil). We publish
below the press release that was issued by the Factory Council of
Cipla/Interfibra, for the information of all labour organisations, as
well as workers and labour activists.
In 2002 the workers of Cipla and Interfibra occupied their factories to defend 1,000 jobs. In the last few days the possibility of imprisonment
of the coordinator of the Factory Council, Serge Goulart, and the
occupation by the police of these factories is increasing. We appeal to
all trade unionists and left politicians, to all the progressive
organisations internationally, to workers and youth in general, to send
resolutions demanding an immediate cessation to the threats against the
workers of the occupied factories in Brazil.
On Thursday, July 14, a group of Young Socialists and representatives of the Editorial Board of Der Funke
organised a picket in front of the Brazilian embassy to protest against
the threatened repression of the Cipla and Interfibra workers who have
occupied their factories to defend their jobs.
The victory of Lula well over a year ago in Brazil represented a dramatic shift
to the left in Brazilian society. However, the Lula government once elected
quickly moved to applying the programme of the bosses. This is preparing new
contradictions within the Brazilian labour movement.
The labour standards which the Brazilian workers have won over the years are once again being threatened by the government of Fernando Henrique Cardoso. The unions organised in the CUT (Central Workers' Union Confederation) are organising a nationwide general strike for the beginning of March.