Representatives of workers from 15 countries gather to present an overview of the situation on the automotive sector, especially Russia and Europe. Leaders from around the world gathered to discuss automotive sector The Automotive Sector of IndustriAll …

Walton Pantland

Representatives of workers from 15 countries gather to present an overview of the situation on the automotive sector, especially Russia and Europe.

Leaders from around the world gathered to discuss automotive sector

The Automotive Sector of IndustriAll (World Federation of Trade Unions representing the workers and the workers of the metallurgical, chemical and textile) meets once a year to discuss actions for the sector. At this year’s meeting, the group of union leaders were debating, in particular the automobile industry in Russia and also in Europe.

The meeting of the Automotive group of IndustriAll happens from 11 to 13 September in the city of St. Petersburg, Russia.

The General Secretary of International Relations of CNM / CUT, João Cayres e Cláudia Albertina, from the directors office of the United Steelworkers of Taubate, participated in the event.

Representatives from CNM/CUT, João Cayres and Claudia, of Taubaté Union

On the first day, the group followed presentations on the situation of the automotive sector and the crisis that these countries are facing. For João Cayres the picture presented by peers is dramatic. “The situation is very complicated in countries like Spainand Italy, and other European countries the crisis is also causing losses for the working class. Only Germanyhas displayed some breath, “said Cayres.

The leader of CNM / CUT reported that the situation in Russia is divergent to the majority of Europe, the economy grows, but there is a trade unionism that is organising itself to strengthen negotiations and processes for unionization of workers.
“The importance of holding this meeting in Russia is just to strengthen the bonds of solidarity and also to support the militant unions that are emerging with the implementation of plants of multinational companies in the automotive sector. Another country that is in trouble is Japan, which as we know had the tragedy of the Tsunami and the economy continues decreasing, “said Cayres.

João Cayres informed about, on the presentation about Brazil, CNM / CUT’s role on preparation of the Industrial Policy for the sector and the struggle to preserve jobs.

The leader of CNM / CUT spoke about the critical situation of the haulage sector and the pursuit of CNM / CUT for solutions, describing the case of Mercedes , in which, through negotiation, it was possible to maintain the employment of workers.

“On the other hand, gave an overview of new investments in Brazil, which, given the figures presented by the CNM / CUT, left fellow participants at the meeting impressed by the growth and opening of new horizons for industrial policy,” said Cayres.

In Claudia Albertina evaluation, “participation in this seminar was extremely important, because I could see up close the reality of the comrades in the automotive sector in Russia, while knowing the reality of other countries attending the seminar. This meeting gave me a great satisfaction to know that our work of building the Ford Workers Network has given good results, “said the leader of Taubaté.

Attending the meeting, besides Brazil, workers’ representatives of Australia, Belgium, Canada, Korea, Slovakia, United States, Finland, France, Italy, the UK, Japan, Turkey and Russia.

CNM / CUT attends event in solidarity towards Russian representatives

João Cayres, along with fellow comrades from IG Metall participated in the protest in the city center of St. Petersburg, where the company Vladras is located, which supplies parts to General Motors. The event was in solidarity with the five union leaders fired recently. Then the protesters went to the door to talk to the factory workers.


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Walton Pantland

South African trade unionist living in Glasgow. Loves whisky, wine, running and the great outdoors. Walton did an MA in Industrial Relations at Ruskin, Oxford, and is interested in how trade unions use new technology to organise.

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