June 11, 2010 by internationalsocialistleague
Delegates Represent 3 Million Workers
The assemblies for both congresses combined elected delegates all over the country that will represent around 3 million workers. It is a rank-and-file process in unions and social movements that is becoming an alternative to overcome main labor federations like the CUT.
The II Conlutas Congress will be hold in June 3rd and 4th. The vanguard role played by Conlutas after Lula was elected president of Brazil consolidated the new Labor Federation. This congress is expected to stand for the unification with other labor centers like the Intersindical. This decision will be taken in the Working Class Congress in June 5th and 6th.
“We expect two thousand participants, delegates and observers, for the Conlutas Congress; For the Working Class Congress three thousand elected in 962 assemblies” says Ana Pagamunici, member of the Conlutas National Executive Body.
There are 389 entities (unions, social movements, student unions and opposition caucuses) enrolled for the Conlutas Congress. For the Working Class Congress there are 499.
These labor congresses are the result of two years engagement through democratic debates and an united daily work in the struggles and in the grassroots. “We have been discussing with Intersindical and other labor centers along last years. The advancements, like the joint meeting we had in the World Social Forum in Belem in 2009, will be expressed in the Working Class Congress” explains Ana.
She also remind us that the Conlutas has always stood for the unity of independent and militant activists in one alternative Labor Federation independent from Lula administration, what is about to happen.
Expected attendance: 2,000
Organisms enrolled: 389
Assemblies accomplished: 767
Working Class Congress
Expected attendance: 3,000
Organisms enrolled: 499
Assemblies accomplished: 962