Day 4 – Wednesday, 15th August!
By Moulshri Kanodia, India
The last day of the ‘Alumni Applied Research School’ started with a thought stimulating presentation followed by an enriching discussion by Simone Claar (University of Kassel, Germany) on ‘Climate Change/Renewable Energy and Labour’. The discussion entailed exchange of ideas and strategies that trade unionists, labour activists and academicians should undertake to address the questions of ‘Green’ jobs in the future. How can trade unions play an active role in transforming workplaces and securing decent work in sustainable future.
The second morning session was organized by Ana Paula Melli, Cyntia Machado, Mirodrag Pantovic and Paulo Malerba where they introduced the group to the trade union movement in Brazil with a case study of CUT Brazil and the political atmosphere in the country with former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (from Partido dos Trabalhadores; The Workers’ Party) in prison on framed corruption charges and the next election scheduled in October 2018. It was an interesting discussion with the group chipping in with their experiences of similar neo-liberal political forces in their home countries and providing a way forward. Continue reading