The CUT, IOS and DGB, with participation of CNM / CUT and CNQ, join forces in defending the rights of working men and women of Latin America. Valter Bittencourt Workers receive a diploma at the end of the network event. In the last week, 22-24 August,  …


The CUT, IOS and DGB, with participation of CNM / CUT and CNQ, join forces in defending the rights of working men and women of Latin America.

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Workers receive a diploma at the end of the network event.

In the last week, 22-24 August, happened at Hotel Braston in the city of São Paulo, the 5th and final module training of three days each, with the participation of about 50 representatives of 11 metallurgical trade unions and German chemical companies installed in Brazil andBrazilian companies installed in Germany.

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Simulation of a negotiation between workers and employers

In the 5th and final module, the focus of the meeting was the Collective Bargaining in multinational companies. The workers simulated a negotiation between unions andbusinessmen and discussed strategies to sustain demand and their negotiation.


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The Secretary-General and Secretary of International Relations of CNM / CUT, João Cayres,present at the closing, emphasized the importance of trade union networks for the Organization in the Workplace.


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Michele Veiga receives a diploma from João Cayres.

“This kind of preparation is essential for the representatives of the networks know the difficulties of a negotiation and they are prepared to face the hard and arduous battle when negotiating workers’ rights, which is much more than a salary issue. Covers from decent work to guaranteeing the rights won by struggle and new achievements,”said  João Cayres.

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Joao Felicio, CUT International Relations Sec. and José Drummond, CUT assistant

The CUT representative, José Drummond highlighted the strategies of this project CUT / iOS /DGBBW / CNM / CNQ, which began in 2011 and runs until December 2014.


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José Drummond (CUT) talks about the German networks in meeting

“It’s a different approach to the “strategy of organizing unions in multinational networks ” CUT and its branches, in this case involving CNM and CNQ which are the two branches together with their counterparts in Germany (IGMetall and IGBCE) decided to join forces in this strategy.

In this project’s case, which is the “Brazilian” part of a project that DGB has with partners in Latin America and that is called “Promotion of Labour Rights in Latin America”, focuses on taking into account our experience on organising networks, “he explained.

According to Drummond, the goal by 2014 will be to reach a level of “best practices” based on international standards of the ILO and OECD and taking into account the German experiencein the “Permanent Practice of Social Dialogue” questioning “why?” the same can not be practiced here as in Germany.

What we want, Drummond says, “is to put into practice the assumptions on existing ILO declarations and Germany, plus the EU, the right to information and consultation practiced in companies there. This requires that workers be represented unitarily (preferred) in union alliances that we call NETWORKS, so they can go to the table, united and not divided betweenvarious unions, weakening the bargaining power, “adds Drummond.

The Social Observatory Institute – (IOS) is responsible for providing quality information and training for the work of union networks. The project also seeks to show how networks andunions can work collaboratively to improve the socio-labour conditions.

The goal of IOS is that the work of the social networks that are part of the project is strengthened by focusing positively in this direction, working conditions and union organizationand mobilization.

Presentation of SCA 

Participants in this last module could better understand the details of the Special Collective Agreement – SCA, presented by the head of the ABC Metalworkers’ Union, Teonilio Costa, the Beard.


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Beard (SMABC) explains the details of the SCA

The detailed explanation of SCA provided greater knowledge of this project developed by SMABC trading.

Participating in these five modules were the following networks:

Metallurgical Networks: ThyssenKrupp, Vallourec / Mannesmann, Stihl, Leoni (German) and WEG (Brazil);
Chemical networks: Henkel, Knauf, LindeGases, Schott (Germany), Braskem and CBC (Brazilian).

The topics of the modules developed in the year 2012 were:

– Globalization and its impact for the working world and unions (March);

– Union Networks and union structure (April);

– Responsibility and Social Dialogue (June);

– Standards and international instruments on labour (ILO Conventions, the OECD Guidelines, ISO 26000, etc.) (July);

– Collective bargaining in multinational companies (August)

José Drummond explains that in 2013 these modules will be conducted again to new classes of the same companies. “From now on, the networks will seek to strengthen themselves at grassroots level by improving communication and participation and seek membership of unions that are not yet part.

As well as initiate meetings with companies looking for a commitment to accept the Social Dialogue, which implies recognition of the Union Network and OLTs as spokesmen, ” added the assistant.

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