The history of working-class economic action in Brazil

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Trade unions protest against the dance of the unemployed
By Luca Bonicini in Rio de Janeiro, ICFTU OnLine..., 9 February 1999. Gabriel O Pensador, a popular Brazilian samba-rapper, hit the right note with his single, the dance of the unemployed, last year. The Portuguese verb for dance also means to get the sack. 1999 may well go down as a year of mass unemployment in Brazil and a year of trade union action.
Brazilian Steelworkers Organize ‘Strike Festival’ For Raises and Jobs
A-Infos News Service, [18 October 1999]. About 70 thousand steelworkers stopped production of autoparts and cars in the greater São Paulo area, Campinas and Vale do Paraíba to force national collective contracts and an inflation increase in salaries.
Overdue, Incomplete Rights for Domestics
By Mario Osava, IPS, 21 February 2000. Domestic workers deprived of their labour rights are an institution in Brazil, a holdover from the days of slavery, abolished in 1888. A Brazilian resident in the US gets into trouble when he holds a Black Brazilian woman as a slave for 20 years.
Brazil Prostitutes Get Soc. Security
Associated Press, 22 November 2002. By enrolling prostitutes in social security, the government hopes to identify them and monitor their health better and beef up the Social Security fund. The Social Security office will extend benefits to contributing Indians, street vendors and priests and priestesses of popular Afro-Brazilian animist religions (brief).