One of Lula’s promises in the election campaign was to deal with
unemployment. But unemployment has continued to increase every month
since he became president. The official unemployment level is 12.8 per
cent. But the reality is much worse. A graphic example is the wild chase
for jobs in Rio de Janeiro – as...
As comrades will know from a previous circular
the Brazilian comrades have been leading a teachers strike in Cotia,
Brazil. This strike has been attacked by the police. Messages of support
and protest are urgently needed and should be sent to the e/mail address
PT gets highest vote in first round and goes to runoff. The Workers
Party candidate, Lula, got the highest vote for president in the first
round. With 99% of votes counted, he had 46.4% of valid votes against
23.2% for pro-government candidate José Serra (PSDB). The other main
candidates, Garotinho (PSB) and Gomes...
At the end of the second round of the Brazilian municipal elections the
result is clear: the defeat of Cardoso’s allies and the growth of the
PT. Try as they may, the bourgeois commentators attempt to whitewash the
defeat of the government’s allies cannot hide the huge growth of the
opposition in the state...
"I am not saying that the dream is over, but I think I dreamed the wrong
dream”. Those were the words of former PT (Workers’ Party) federal
deputy from Rio de Janeiro, Fernando Gabeira, who has just announced his
resignation from the PT in protest against the Lula government’s
The newly elected PT (Workers’ Party) led government of Lula in Brazil
has aroused massive expectations and demands for change amongst the
workers, peasants and others exploited by capitalism. Millions of
workers, youth and peasants saw last year’s presidential election of
Lula, formally an industrial...
"What triggered the movement was the announcement of a small bonus
payment. In fact, more than a bonus, this kind of one-off payment aims
to offset the absence of a wage increase to track inflation over several
years. The bonus was to vary from 60 to 120 Brazilian reais (approx. 17
to 34 USD). But at the same time,...