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Brazil: Letter of support and solidarity from IDWF to President Lula

Brazil: Letter of support and solidarity from IDWF to President Lula

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by IDWFED published Jan 24, 2019 12:00 AM
"Reaffirming our commitment to solidarity with your struggle, the struggle of the Brazilian people, and particularly with our domestic workers comrades, we send this message of strength and solidarity to remind you that neither you nor the working people of Brazil are alone."

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BRAZIL -

Dear comrade President Lula,

Letter of support and solidarity from the International Federation of Domestic Workers (IDWF)

We are an international federation comprised by more than 600,000 domestic workers from around the world grouped into 69 domestic workers organizations/unions in 55 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, North America, Europe and the Middle East. We are the first and only global federation founded and led by working women of el pueblo, we are mothers, heads of household, migrants, Blacks, displaced indigenous women and militant leaders of the labor movement in our respective countries. In Latin America we have been fighting in an organized way for about 30 years, one of the important founders of this movement in our region is the National Federation of Domestic Workers FENATRAD in Brazil - who are also our affiliates at
global level.

IDWF on behalf of our more than 600,000 affiliates around the world and on behalf of the 98,000 affiliated domestic workers in Latin America we send you this letter as a gesture of our unconditional solidarity with you, with the working people of Brazil and with your political project that significantly improved the lives of millions of Brazilian workers. We know well about the victories and the advancement of domestic workers’ rights in Brazil such as the Domestic Workers Law 150 and social protections achieved during your government administration and the government of compañera Dilma Rousseff.

The struggle for expansion and deepening of human rights and labor protections for our sector, as you might know well, it is a very long and difficult road due to the intersection of oppressions of gender, race and class that we must endure. Yet this has never an impediment to us neither a reason to give up in our struggle. Together we have achieved unthinkable victories, including the creation of our global federation and the ILO Convention C189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers. Sensible governments with a strong commitment to social justice along with visionary leaders committed to fight social inequalities, like you are compañero Lula, are considered our friends and part of our global domestic workers’ family.

IDWF, like the rest of the world, is aware of the tremendous injustice that today keeps you in jail due to a judicial process that is a fabricated farce and politically manipulated to allow the reemergence of neoliberal and anti-popular policies. We know these policies are aimed to facilitate the plunder of natural resources, labor exploitation and environmental destruction that cause the impoverishment of the working class and deepen the inequality gap.

During our last congress held on November 16-19 of 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa, an Emergency Resolution in Solidarity with Brazil was approved unanimously in full at the congress.  The following action points of the resolution are

It is resolved that IDWF and its affiliated organizations commit to:

  •  The IDWF congress releases a statement to the Brazilian government to express our deepest concern and to demand for respect of human and trade union rights.
  •  Participate in solidarity actions with the working class in Brazil and with Lula abroad, together with the International Trade Union Confederation, the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas, Global Unions Federations, and national trade union centers, and other allies.
  •  To call upon the ILO and UN to closely monitor the situation of trade union and human rights.

Reaffirming our commitment to solidarity with your struggle, the struggle of the Brazilian people, and particularly with our domestic workers comrades, we send this message of strength and solidarity to remind you that neither you nor the working people of Brazil are alone.

Lula Livre! Lula Livre! Lula Livre!

Sincerely and in solidarity,

Myrtle Witbooi, President IDWF
Carmen Britez, Vice President IDWF
Elizabeth Tang,  General Secretary IDWF

Domestic workers carry out discussion on human rights in the Lula Livre camp in Curitiba

Source: Emergency Resolution 2: On Solidarity with Brazil

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