Lula’s Victory Shown Trade Unions Path To Workers Emancipation – TUC
The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has said that the victory of Luiz Lula da Silva as the
Brazil’s President-Elect has shown trade unions in the world the path to workers emancipation
In a statement signed by TUC President, Comrade Festus Osifo, the Congress said Lula victory ends the nightmarish administration of out-going President Jair Bolsonaro who apart from interfering in the courts, destroying the beautiful Brazilian Amazon Forest which is a human shield against climate change.
The statement further said also that the rein of the outgoing Brazilian president saw many Brazilians to early graves when he denied the existence of Covid-19.
The statement reads “the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC congratulates Brazil’s President-Elect, Luiz Lula da Silva for his historic victory in the re-run elections last Sunday. Comrade Lula, a former Labour Leader and one time President of the country has had to endure harassment and imprisonment for charges the courts later declared him innocent.
“He also had to cope with a ban from politics which prevented him running in the 2018 Presidential elections.
Lula ‘s victory last Sunday despite the stacking up of state powers against him, and the use of security services to set up road blocks to prevent some of his supporters entering the towns to cast their ballot, shows that He is loved.
“We salute his doggedness, commitment and ability to mobilize the broad mass of the people, and, build coalitions that saw to the defeat of an uncaring and unfeeling administration.
“Comrade Lula’s electoral triumph is a victory for the poor, many of who have been pushed down the valley of hunger and want, and also for the workers who despite years of intimidation, stood courageously and campaigned for a humane leadership in the country.
“The Brazilian Labour Movement through the administrations of Lula and his successor, President Dilma Rousseff had contributed in building a humane country in which poverty and want were tackled. But the succeeding administrations of Presidents Michel Temer and Bolsonario had reversed this in favour of the rich and private profits.
“They had also tried to suffocate the workers and strangulate the unions with their 2017 Labour Code under which most trade unions lost 99 per-cent of their financial resources and had to be kept on life support by volunteers.
“In standing firm by the Brazilian people and ensuring this victory of the populace, the Brazilian Labour Centre, the Central Unica dos Trabalhadores (Unified Workers Central) otherwise known as CUT, has once again, shown trade unions in the world, the path to workers emancipation.
“The TUC salutes CUT and other Brazilian trade unionists and patriots, for a well-deserved victory.
We wish Brazil the very best and pledge our solidarity with the Brazilian people always”.