Brazil: Protests continue as World Cup starts

Solidarity protests taking place on 13th June Friday

Metro workers in Sao Paulo suspended their strike after five days of an effective stoppage, which pushed management into making wage concessions. But the struggle for the re-instatement of 42 metro workers, sacked for their involvement in the strike, will led to more action in the next days. Meanwhile, other protests and strikes continue in Brazil, as the official start of the World Cup is accompanied by an exceptional deployment of state repression. In Rio de Janeiro’s three main airports, workers started a 24-hour strike last midnight. And tomorrow (Friday 13 June), at the initiative of the CWI, international protests will take place in solidarity with the struggles in Brazil; against the repression of social movements during the World Cup, in support with the “People’s Cup” (a land occupation organised by the MTST – a homeless workers’ movement) and for the re-instatement of the sacked Sao Paulo metro workers.

Solidarity protest action with the Brasilian striking workers and social protests from Berlin, organised by the SAV, German CWI section. Amongst them trade union activists from telecom, hospital, public transport and retail sector

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June 2014