One of Lula’s promises in the election campaign was to deal with
unemployment. But unemployment has continued to increase every month
since he became president. The official unemployment level is 12.8 per
cent. But the reality is much worse. A graphic example is the wild chase
for jobs in Rio de Janeiro – as...
The newly elected PT (Workers’ Party) led government of Lula in Brazil
has aroused massive expectations and demands for change amongst the
workers, peasants and others exploited by capitalism. Millions of
workers, youth and peasants saw last year’s presidential election of
Lula, formally an industrial...
The World Social Forum is a meeting place for all kinds of organisations
that fight against neo-liberalism, including environmentalists, trade
unionists, and others who wants to go further and seek an alternative,
"another world", according to André Ferrari from the Brazilian section
of CWI, Revolutionary...
What elected Lula was the rejection of neoliberalism, but the PT
(Workers Party) will not be able to meet the expectations of the masses
unless there is a real break with the policies of Cardoso and the IMF.
PT gets highest vote in first round and goes to runoff. The Workers
Party candidate, Lula, got the highest vote for president in the first
round. With 99% of votes counted, he had 46.4% of valid votes against
23.2% for pro-government candidate José Serra (PSDB). The other main
candidates, Garotinho (PSB) and Gomes...
As comrades will know from a previous circular
the Brazilian comrades have been leading a teachers strike in Cotia,
Brazil. This strike has been attacked by the police. Messages of support
and protest are urgently needed and should be sent to the e/mail address
"What triggered the movement was the announcement of a small bonus
payment. In fact, more than a bonus, this kind of one-off payment aims
to offset the absence of a wage increase to track inflation over several
years. The bonus was to vary from 60 to 120 Brazilian reais (approx. 17
to 34 USD). But at the same time,...