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(en) Popular Resistance - Frontier Sul: ANY SOLIDARITY TO THE WORKERS THAT OCCUPY THE SAMAN COMPANY IN RIO BRANCO! (pt) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 8 Sep 2018 09:01:49 +0300


Last week, Saman, the largest rice company in Uruguay, confirmed the dismissal of 33 workers from the city of Rio Branco (border with Jaguarão). The company with more than 30 years has another 7 industrial plants throughout the country. Since receiving the news of the layoffs, the workers are kept busy at the two plants in Rio Branco. According to them, at no time was there any dialogue on the part of the employers, and they only learned of the situation when they arrived at work last Friday 31/08 and they came across the closed doors. ---- Saman's justification, issued by note, claims that in recent years production has dropped by 30% of the volume of rice and that the area sown is the lowest in the last 25 years. However, the workers claim that there are about 15 tons of rice and 20 tons of soybeans stored in the silos and that there is still much work to be done with this production, and there is no need for layoffs. In addition to much work, Saman was bought in 2007 by the Brazilian company Camil Alimentos, the third largest rice processor in the world, which in 2017 had a net profit of more than R $ 206.5 million, a growth of 24% in relation the previous year. The company Camil also owns brands like União e Coqueiro.

The policy adopted by the company called "reduction of financial expenses" translates into the precariousness of the work and the dismissal of the 33 employees of the Saman company in Rio Branco, impacting the income of many families. According to the workers who occupy the site, Saman at the same time that he fired his employees, bets on the outsourcing of the work, admitting 6 employees who would work doing the maintenance of the place. This perverse logic aims less and less the responsibility of companies with their workers, lower wages and withdrawal of rights won through much struggle.

The workers who occupy the place require dialogue on the part of the company, an explanation of how resignation and the restitution of jobs have taken place, as they claim that there are grains to be processed throughout the year and there is no justification for the 33 workers being dismissed The FOEMIA (Federation of Workers and Employees Molineros and Allied) that has delegates of the category, affirms that next to the workers will not vacate the place until the company talks with all.

Through the pressure and the example of struggle and resistance by the 33 workers, there will be a negotiation meeting on Wednesday in Montevideo. The aim is to restore the jobs of all who have been dismissed, as it is the only way to support many families of the 33 Saman workers. The minister of labor, Ernesto Murro, claims that because it is a private company, there should be no interference in the case and makes its political campaign in favor of large companies.

We point out the perversity of the productive logic of agribusiness that goes beyond borders and is directly related to labor relations. The rural areas are taken by a corporate culture that overwhelms everything in the name of profit. This model of large-scale production to compete on the price of monoculture and transgenics at the expense of the destruction of natural resources, the exploitation of workers and the expulsion, persecution and death of indigenous people, quilombolas, landless workers and small producers. Large-scale production of corn, soybeans and rice, for example, impairs biodiversity, consumes water excessively and wears soil, among other impacts.

Instead of dividing the land for more people to produce healthy food, the elites who own astronomical extensions of land expand action and successive governments, including the "left", finance agribusiness as never before, favoring national and foreign entrepreneurs who bank their political campaigns and crushing small producers. This productive model is a lot of work exploitation, very pesticides, little education, a lot of land concentration, a lot of environmental devastation.

From the point of view of labor relations, in the monoculture there is a reduction of labor and consequent rural exodus. The businessmen of agribusiness multinationals work together with governments to "modernize" (ie precarious) labor, environmental, tax and indigenist legislation to ensure agribusiness criminal activity. Rural workers suffer from the withdrawal of rights, with outsourcing, with the poisoning by unrestrained use of agrochemicals and accidents at work in agricultural warehouses. Outsourcing will only make matters worse and precarious labor relations. Agro is enemies of the workers, of the traditional populations, quilombolas, without land.

Faced with this perverse situation, we offer all solidarity to the 33 workers who are occupying the plantations
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