International union Workers Uniting have published a powerful statement calling for EU-Mercosur trade deals to be halted until political prisoner Lula da Silva is freed. Read the full statement here. (1/7/19)
Workers Uniting, the global union representing over 2 million workers in Canada, Ireland, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States, opposes the European Union-Mercosur trade agreement signed on 28 June.
The political message sent by the signing of this agreement is antithetical to the democratic aspirations of working people everywhere in the world. There can be no legitimate negotiation with the Bolsonaro government while it subverts democracy in Brazil and holds Luiz Inacio da Silva as a political prisoner.
We share the concerns raised by the Trade Union Coordinating Committee of the Southern Cone (CCSCS) in its statement of June 28, and by the statement of June 14. The proposed trade agreement fails to address the objections raised by the trade union movement and will increase inequality while limiting the possibility of democratic, equitable and sustainable development.
Governments that support democracy and worker rights should refuse to ratify this agreement.
Workers Uniting is the global union – representing more than two million workers in Canada, Ireland, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States – formed by Unite the Union, the United Steelworkers, and the Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores Mineros, Matralurgicos, Siderurgicos y Similares de la Republica Mexicana (Los Mineros).