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Why do Brazilian workers and unions care about what is happening in Mississippi?

photo_15_sharpBrazil’s economy has managed to avoid the worst of the recent worldwide financial meltdown, and one of the reasons Brazil has thrived is because of Brazilian workers and unions. Strong unions are part of the foundation of the Brazilian economy, as they raise people of poverty, growing the middle class. Brazilian unions have been leaders in making global solidarity a cornerstone of their labor movement because they understand that in order to deal successfully with transnational corporations, unions must operate globally as well. Nissan has been the fastest-growing auto maker in Brazil for the past three years and is constructing a new plant in Resende, Rio de Janeiro. Nissan is a sponsor of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The global CEO of Nissan, Carlos Ghosn, is Brazilian.

This is why Brazilian workers want to ensure that Nissan is respecting workers’ rights all over the world, including Mississippi. Mississippi workers GROUP_SHOT_2_color_correct_webwant a fair union election process and an atmosphere in the workplace where there can be discussion about whether to join a union, without fear of company retaliation, intimidation or implied threats of plant closure.

At a press conference, leaders in of the three largest unions in Brazil expressed their support for Nissan workers in Mississippi and signed a letter to the company calling on Nissan to comply with the U.N. Global Compact and the ILO Declaration of Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and agree to the UAW Fair Elections Principles.

In addition, Brazilian trade unionists have visited Mississippi and met with Nissan workers from the Canton plant. Former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva recently joined a UAW conference in the United States, where he met with workers from Nissan’s Mississippi plant and pledged his support for their fight for a fair election process. View the video of his talk here:

An interview about the UAW on Brazilian TV:

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Join the global campaign to call on Nissan to DO BETTER and end the attacks on workers’ rights at its Canton, Mississippi plant. Go to: www.labourstart.org/nissan

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