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(en) Brazil, Anarchist Federation FAG/CAB: Trade union struggle and direct democracy (it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 8 Sep 2018 09:01:41 +0300

DIRECT DEMOCRACY is when organized workers and workers fight against government and boss, for our rights and for a better life. ---- Governments and employers together have attacked workers with many anti-people measures, such as the withdrawal of labor rights and the scrapping of public services such as education and health, which make our work even heavier and more difficult. ---- Some unions seek to appease the conflicts and stop the fighting by thinking about their electoral power games, their interests at the polls (indirect democracy). In this sense, we can say that today, in Brazil, the type of hegemonic syndicalism avoids at all costs the exercise of direct democracy. Decisions are always taken by the top leadership and pushed down the base. Thus, these leaders, who are often driven by personal or partisan-electoral interests, end up stifling initiatives of direct democracy and surrendering the rights of the workers in the name of their own wills.

When we rebel against all this and choose how to fight, this is direct democracy. We do this with strong strikes, shutdowns, lockups, pickets, occupations, etc ... The workers are collectively the ones who must decide how best to fight. With rebellion, resistance and class solidarity.

That is how many workers and workers before us have won 8-hour days, better wages, childcare leave, better working conditions among other things. No right has been given to us by governments, let alone bosses. It was we who conquered them with struggle and organization. And that is how we can defend and expand our rights. If they get rich when they exploit us, it's always legitimate when we stand up and revolt against it.

We must assume that our voice has to be heard and that no one represents us better than ourselves.

FAG / CAB Trade Union Front

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