National strike in German meatpacking plants

Last April 7, in a meeting of European and Brazilian labor organizations that represent meat industry workers, Peter Schmidt, of the German Food, Beverages and Catering Union (Gewerkschaft Nahrung-Genuss-Gaststätten, NGG), declared: “Trade union actions against workforce casualization in meatpacking plants in Brazil and Germany are part of the same struggle.

Faces in the smoke

Impunity, greed, economic, social, and political terrorism perpetrated by criminal elites, foolishness, hypocrisy, and ignorance—these are the real fuels igniting the Amazon fires. The forest is being consumed in those fires, along with thousands of human beings whose lives are deemed to be worth less than the spark that sets off the fires.

Corporate health above public health

The Labor Prosecutor’s Office, the IUF, and our affiliate organizations CNTA and CONTAC (Brazil’s national confederations of food and related industry workers) are conducting a signature-gathering campaign for a petition to block the proposed amendment to Provisional Measure 927.

Pandemic fodder

The health situation in Brazil under the COVID-19 pandemic is a faithful reflection of the institutional mess and the irresponsibility of a government that mocks its people on a daily basis.

JBS, arrogance and greed

April 8 marked another anniversary of the death of Margaret Thatcher, the “Iron Lady,” whose steely eyes looked unmoved upon the suffering masses as they fell by the millions into the abyss of social dispossession.


The Labor Prosecutor’s Office (MPT) filed a court action against the JBS meatpacking plant in Passo Fundo, Rio Grande do Sul, following complaints by workers over the lack of health control and prevention measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We spoke about this action with Priscila Schvarcz, the acting prosecutor on the case.