Brazil

Only now we are closing the last slave house and throwing away the key
The President of the National Congress, Senator Renan Calheiros (PMDB-AL), promulgated yesterday (April 2) the Proposed Amendment to the Constitution (PEC, in portuguese) which expands the labor rights of domestic workers, known as the Domestic PEC. In a ceremony which was also attended by six ministers, Renan compared the enactment of the PEC with the signing of the Slavery Abolition Law. "Today, 125 years after the end of slavery, only now we are closing the last slave house and throwing away the key," said the president of Congress.

SIGTUR Declaration & Resolutions

9th Congress, Sao Paulo, Brazil 18-23 April 2010

Global economic justice for workers in the global South

Countries across four continents in the Global South, representing democratic unions from the following countries – Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Colombia, South Africa, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Guinea, Kenya, Democratic Republic Of Congo, Tunisia, Zambia, Angola, Eritrea, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, East Timor, Philippines, South Korea and Australia gathered in Sao Paulo, Brazil on the 19-23 April 2010.  In the Global South workers in many places are under attack as we meet today. We recognize their predicament and extend our solidarity.

One hundred and ten delegates debated and engaged the deepening global economic crisis manifested in failure of financial systems, the capitalist restructuring of the global economy and work and the catastrophic ecological crisis.  Delegates considered the impacts of these crises on the global working class, particularly from developing and poor countries.

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