Brazilian Worker Cooperatives Launch Declaration on the Right to Work

The Brazilian cooperative movement is mobilizing to collect the greatest possible number of signatures in support of a Declaration on the Right to Work in response to the government's prohibition of the participation of worker cooperatives in bidding for government contracts, which is also reflected in contracts with private sector businesses.

18 August 2005

The worker cooperative movement throughout Brazil is mobilizing to collect signatures in support of the Declaration on the Right to Work in an attempt to revert the agreement signed between the Labor Ministry and the Attorney General’s office that has excluded worker cooperatives from bidding for government contracts since 2003. Reception, security, cleaning and transportation cooperatives will no longer by able to provide services to any government entity, and no current contracts will be renewable once they expire.

The movement intends to collect a million signatures to raise awareness among government officials and civil society regarding the serious harm inflicted on cooperatives as a result of this unfair and discriminatory measure.

Once the signatures have been obtained, the Declaration will be presented to the National Congress by representatives of the worker cooperative movement and the Parliamentary Cooperative Front (Frencoop).

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Complete text of the Declaration
Document in Portuguese

International Organisation of Industrial, Artisanal and
Service Producers' Cooperatives

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