Brazil: 80 years of trade union action in chemical industry

28 June 2019 17:09

From left to right: Marisa Regina (Contest finalist), Raimundo Suzart (President of Quimicos ABC), Rui Miranda (winner of contest) and Ricardo Ohtake (President of the Tomie Ohtake Institute, competition judge)

The Trade Union of Workers in Chemical, Petrochemical, Pharmaceutical, Paints and Varnishes, Plastics and Synthetic Resins Industries of the ABC region, Sao Pablo (Quimicos ABC Trade Union), an affiliate to BWI in Brazil, celebrated its 80th under the presence of 1,500 trade unionists and supporters.

As part of its celebration, Quimicos ABC launched a writing contest with students from public schools in the region. Using the main topic: "The importance of the petrochemical pole for ABC region", seven students were selected and awarded, along with their teachers, in a big ceremony attended by trade union delegates, political and community leaders.

Additionally, a sculpture contest highlighting the union’s activities and actions in the past 80 years was also held. Rui Miranda, contest winner, won 14,000 BRL (around USD 3,600). The winning entry will be placed at the entrance of union headquarters.

Founded on October 8, 1938 by workers at Rhodia - one of the first chemical companies in ABC region, Quimicos ABC Trade Union now covers seven municipalities of Greater ABC: Santo André, São Bernardo do Campo and São Caetano do Sul, Diadema, Mauá, Ribeirão Pires, and Rio Grande da Serra. Químicos ABC stands out for their aggressive activism and playing a major role in bringing down the military dictatorship in Brazil, whose fruits are the Workers Party (created in 1980) and the Single Central Workers - CUT (founded in 1983).

President Raimundo Suzart leads the new Board of Directors for the next four years. He is joined by a Board that has 30 per cent of newly elected young and women members.