Friday, July 12, 2013

Thousands of Workers on Strike Across Brazil; Demand Reduced Work Week, Better Services

Tens of thousands of workers across Brazil walked off their jobs on July 11 in a peaceful nationwide strike, demanding better working conditions and improved public services in Latin America's largest nation, the News Daily website reports today (July 12, 2013).

Metalworkers, transportation, and construction workers -- as well as teachers and civil servants -- adhered to the "Day of Struggle" organized by Brazil's biggest trade union federations.

Strikers either partially or completely blocked 40 interstate and intercity highways in 14 states. In the city of Santos, dock workers prevented trucks from entering Latin America's biggest port.

The strikers are demanding better public transit, health, and education services, as well as agriculture reform and a reduced work week.

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