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(en) Brazil, OSL: São Paulo municipal employees go on strike. All our solidarity! (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Sun, 7 Apr 2024 07:49:33 +0300

São Paulo's municipal public service is experiencing a calamity. Devaluation of wages, terrible working conditions, as well as the retreat of the struggle of the various categories and sectors that make up the city, show the face of Ricardo Nunes's (MDB) city hall, in line with governor Tarcísio de Freitas (Republicans). ---- On March 8, 2024, Education professionals from the city of São Paulo, around the Coordination of Specific Union Entities for Municipal Education (Coeduc) (integrating Sinpeem, Sedin and Sinesp, unions specific to municipal public education) declared a strike, scheduling meetings for the 13th and 19th of the same month. Days later, municipal employees, gathered through the Forum of Trade Union Entities (which brings together Aprofem, Sindsep, Simesp and others) also declared a strike. The main demand is wage appreciation and an end to abusive pension confiscation, but issues of working conditions are also on the agenda.

The mobilization of workers faces a difficulty: the split established between the Forum of Entities (which brings together municipal civil service unions as a whole) and the Unions that formed Coeduc (a bureaucratic alliance, not discussed with the category as a whole) . The dispute (evident since at least 2021) is mainly between the management of Sinpeem - led by Cláudio Fonseca for 37 years - and Sindsep, the general civil service union. The split has made it difficult for a deep alliance between the different sectors of municipal officials to pursue objectives and outline common strategies.

The institutional left, in turn, does not have the strength, either to deal with the attacks from the right-wing and far-right sectors in power, or to break down the union bureaucracy of such entities, mobilizing workers. However, even with several defeats traced by such bureaucratism and even the categories retreated due to the electoral agenda during these years - without facing the Bolsonarist and extreme right phenomenon head on - it is possible to visualize the will and willingness to fight of sectors of the categories active in the bases.

On the 14th, Mayor Ricardo Nunes, when visiting a UPA in São Miguel Paulista, east zone of São Paulo, for a pre-campaign event, found employees who were on strike. His entourage reacted aggressively, expelling the protesters.

In the Education sector, several schools were completely or partially paralyzed, and strike commands were activated, often through self-organization and direct action, building a struggle beyond bureaucracies, and constituting a grassroots and combative unionism. , as a tradition of the struggle of this category in several other campaigns, strikes and acts.

The bourgeois and hegmonic media sell that the mobilization would be "a political strike" and that it would "disrupt the population". In an authoritarian manner, the mayor submitted a Bill to the Chamber that would increase only around 2.16% in civil servants' salaries, and only 3.62% in the form of a supplementary bonus. A lack of respect not only for workers, but for the general population who depend on this service. It is worth remembering that, in 2022, Ricardo Nunes had a 46% increase in his salary. The city hall currently has more than R$34 billion in cash; offering crumbs to workers and blackmailing with subsidy policy (which destroys the career plan built in decades of struggle), therefore, is a political option of a privatizing and neoliberal government. Nunes, in fact, was recently exposed due to the fact that most contracts for emergency works without bidding have signs of price combination between competing companies.

The Libertarian Socalist Organization (OSL), which operates in the education sector building the Independent, Classist and Combative Unity front, in addition to acting in strike commands and as union representatives in various school units, supports and builds this grassroots and combative, despite the great difficulties imposed.

We call everyone to the event on 19/03, at 12pm, in front of City Hall and, afterwards, to participate in the walk towards the Municipal Chamber of São Paulo.

Without trust in union bureaucracies or institutional political struggle, we trust in the social strength of workers who are mobilized, organized and combative in defense of labor rights and essential public services for the entire population. The debate between privatization versus nationalization (in a bourgeois or bureaucratic state), we defend the takeover of these public services by the working class!

We believe in the resumption of combative unionism, as a mass instrument used for social transformation against the State and Capital, which is guided not by bureaucrats and professional politicians, but by the interests and methods of workers.

For combative unionism! For a dignified life and public services guided by the working class and the oppressed!

Libertarian Socialist Organization

March 16, 2024.

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