An article by the former President of the Federal Republic of Brazil, Luis Inacio Lula da Silva (“Lula”), on ‘Freedom of Association and the Right to Strike’. In the context of the International Labour Conference .
He takes issue with attempts at limiting the right to strike by suggesting it is not covered by Convention 87 of the ILO on freedom of association, as well as with pressures to reduce the ILO’s character from an international (tripartite) organisation to a UN agency. As Lula puts it, rather than a fair reflection of ‘new realities’, this push reflects “an attempt to weaken a fundamental ILO standard, namely freedom of association, and hence the other ones too”.
Recalling how international solidarity using this Convention helped him
and other unionists when they were imprisoned for leading a
metalworkers’ strike in 1980, he reminds us that “throughout history,
higher, more justly distributed incomes and the promotion of social
rights have never been won without workers’ organizing in unions and
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