Brazilian Unions Send Message: ‘Don’t Mess with Lula’

Brazilian President Lula meets union leaders in BrasÀ­liaApproximately one thousand union members participated in an event at the Palácio do Planalto, in the Brazilian capital, BrasÀ­lia, yesterday, where they expressed their support for the Lula government.

The event lasted for around an hour. The participants gave president Lula a letter in which they said that some people are taking advantage of accusations against members of the government and the PT in order to destabilize the administration.


The acting president of the country’s largest labor union, the CUT, Wagner Gomes, declared that the President can count on union member support “to make the changes necessary to pull the country out of the mudhole that he inherited when he took office.”


Gomes also issued a warning: “Do not try to mess with or destabilize the Lula government because workers, the union movement, students and social movements will react. The labor unions are here not just because of their grievances, but because we support this government.”


The president of another union, the CGTB, Antonio Neto, added his support. He said the people present at the event were in favor of combating corruption and “facing off with the furious elite so that Brazil could belong to the Brazilians.”


The president of the Commerce Workers of São Paulo, Paulo Lucânia, said that Lula “is the only person who can alleviate the pain of the long-suffering Brazilian people.”


In their letter, the union members also called for changes in the government’s economic policies, such as reducing interest rates, a better minimum wage and a reduced work week without reducing salaries. They also said they wanted a political and electoral reform, as well as changes in union structure.


Lula thanked the participants and said it was important to express solidarity – both for the people who do it and those who receive expressions of solidarity.


ABr – www.radiobras.gov.br

Tags:

Ads

You May Also Like

Fidel Paid for Lula’s Presidential Campaign, Says Brazil’s Leading Magazine

Brazilian  President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva seems to be very upset with the ...

Brazil’s Vivo Teams Up With ReCellular to Save Cell Phones from Trash

US-based ReCellular, an international collector, reseller and recycler of used wireless cell phones and ...

Brazil Triples Payment for Itaipu’s Energy. Some Think It’s Too Little

On an amicable solution to a decade long dispute over a hydro-electric dam on ...

Guatemala Gets Brazilian Military Planes to Fight Drug Trafficking

Brazil will sell to Guatemala six Brazilian military aircraft Super Tucano, radars and other ...

Brazil’s Varig: Something Fishy in the Air

Brazilian Varig Airlines, which is in the process of merging with rival TAM, just ...

JetBlue Founder, a Brazilian, Starts Brazil Airline

Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer, has signed an agreement to sell 36 Embraer 195 jets ...

Brazilian Medical Company Wants to Become Bridge Between Brazil and Overseas

When he opened his company, in the 1990's, Brazilian José Marcelo Soares Pereira, had ...

Brazil Wants Closer Ties with Caribbean Countries

Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, speaking at the opening of a summit ...

The inside of an Embraer 170 built in Brazil

Brazil Sells Jet to Lybia. It Might Be First of a Fleet

The Embraer 170 jet airplane purchased by Libyan oil company Syrte Oil should arrive ...

Brazil on the Verge of Becoming World’s Largest Food Supplier

The Brazilian food industry is doing well. As well as the country currently being ...