The working-class history of Latin America
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- Storm Clouds on the Horizon
- Zoraida Portillo, IPS, 30 March 1998. The outlook for
labour in Latin America is bleak, thanks to the expected
negative impact of the El Nino weather phenomenon and the
Asian financial crisis on jobs and growth.
- Latin American Workers on Move
- From Workers World, 15 October 1998. Moves
by the continent's ruling classes to foist the global
economic crisis on the backs of the people will meet a
working class that is assertive and politically
- Final Declaration: Latin American Meeting
of Trade Unionists
- From Lucha, organ of the Communist Party of
Labor of the Dominican Republic, December-January,
1998-1999. Trade unionists from Ecuador, Colombia, Cuba,
Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic met in Santo
Domingo in November, 1998, to discuss the impact of the
neo-liberal policies on the working class and actions to
try to confront them.
- The Struggle for the Independence of the
Trade Unions in Latin America Today
- Statement sent by Julio Turra, representative of the
Unified Workers Federation (CUT) of Brazil, to the OWC
Organizing Committee in January 1999. OWC Report Back
no. 18 (Brazil). Endorses the Appeal for an Open World
Conference issued by the San Francisco Labor Council, the
International Liaison Committee for a Workers'
International and the Western Hemisphere Workers
Conference Continuations Committee.
- Dim Outlook Despite Economic Growth, Says
- By Gustavo Capdevila, IPS, 23 August 1999. Although
economic growth rallied this decade in Latin America, that
performance has not been accompanied by improvements with
respect to jobs and wages. Safety nets failed to expand
their coverage, Many informal sector workers and
impoverished peasant farmers lack social benefits.
- Women Workers Here to Stay
- By Zoraida Portillo, IPS, 2 January 2000. Massive influx
of Latin American women into the labor market and their
increasingly evident contribution to the region's
economies. The 1980s heralded a flood of women into the
workforce due to the pressing need of families to augment
their incomes as a result of the foreign debt crisis.
- Banana strikers return to work
- BBC News, 29 August 2001. Banana workers in Latin
America have returned to work after strikes in Ecuador and
Panama. In Peru, 3,250 striking employees of a subsidiary
of US group Chiquita have given up their 10-day stoppage
without a new deal on the table. The Sitrachilco union
called the industrial action to try to force Chiquita unit
PAFCO to reopen three unprofitable plantations closed in