Latin America celebrates International Day of
Workers from all over Latin America will mobilize this May 1st in several countries in the region in defense of their rights and in celebration of International Workers’ Day.
The mobilizations have been called by unions, which take advantage of the date to claim rights and, in some cases, defend the process of change undertaken by their rulers.
In Argentina, social and union organizations meet this Monday in the capital, Buenos Aires, in defense of workers’ rights and against the interference of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the country.
Members of groups such as the Popular Economy Workers’ Union, the Evita Movement, the Combative Class Current (CCC), the Milagro Sala Front, Barrios de Pie and the Great Fatherland Front will gather on Avenida de Mayo, from where they will march towards to Casa Rosada.
In Brazil, the trade union centrals will hold events in the main cities of the country. On the eve of the demonstrations, Lula announced an increase in the minimum wage and indicated that he will send a bill to Congress for it to be readjusted according to annual inflation.
Representatives of the Central Unitary of Workers (CUT) called on the population to participate in the event in the city of São Paulo (SP), which was attended by the Brazilian representative.
Bolivian President Luis Arce will lead the Great March in the city of La Paz, convened by the Central Operaria Boliviana (COB).
Luis Arce is expected to make some pro-working class announcements in response to COB demands. According to information from the organization, the mobilization will travel through the main streets and avenues of the Bolivian capital.
In Chile, workers’ unions called their members to march to demand a tax and social security reform, against the precariousness of work.
The mobilization will depart from the headquarters of the Central Unitary of Workers (CUT) to the Gabriela Mistral Center, where the main act is scheduled.
Among the demands of the Chilean trade union movement are better income redistribution, dignified pensions, more jobs and the implementation of Convention 190 against violence and harassment at work.
Despite the claims, the workers achieved important achievements such as the gradual reduction of the working day from 45 to 40 hours in five years and the increase in the minimum wage.
Under the motto of “safety, work and life”, the main labor unions in Ecuador called for mobilizations in the country.
The Workers Unitary Front (FUT) and other organizations of the social movement demand the resignation of President Guillermo Lasso for considering his administration inefficient in the face of the problems that afflict the majority of the population.
The United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), unions and social organizations have invited workers to participate in events in the capital to express their support for President Nicolás Maduro.
Workers will gather at various points in the city of Caracas starting at 10:00 am (Caracas time) and then march to the headquarters of the central event.
In Peru, Paraguay and Uruguay, union organizations and union centrals also called for events to commemorate International Workers’ Day. Demonstrations and events to commemorate this date will also take place in several countries in Europe and Asia.