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No to the legislative coup in Brazil

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TUC International Spokesperson Sally Hunt is today meeting with the Brazilian Ambassador to the UK, as part of a global trade union day of action against the legislative coup underway in Brazil. She will also hand in the following letter from the TUC, endorsed this morning by the TUC Executive Committee.

For further information, see:
• Brazil: ITUC Call for Respect for Democracy and the Rule of Law http://www.ituc-csi.org/brazil-ituc-call-for-respect-for
• TUC backs Brazilian unions: no to the coup! http://strongerunions.org/2016/04/15/tuc-backs-brazilian-unions-no-to-the-coup/

The TUC letter says:
HE Ambassador Eduardo dos Santos
Embassy of Brazil
14-16 Cockspur Street
London SW1Y 5BL

Your Excellency

Impeachment against President Dilma Rousseff

The TUC, the national trade union centre for Great Britain representing nearly 6 million workers, is deeply concerned by the recent developments in Brazilian political life, especially the attempt to impeach President Dilma Rousseff.  We stand in solidarity with Brazilian workers and trade unionists and in particular our sisters and brothers in the CUT, with whom we work closely.

The attempts to impeach President Rousseff, who has a democratic mandate to govern, are severely damaging to Brazil's reputation as a beacon of democracy and social justice. We are deeply concerned that those forces seeking to remove the President are seeking to turn Brazil away from democracy, accountability and social progress.

The fact that there is so much corruption among the legislators who are taking this action, and yet no concrete allegation or material evidence of corruption against the President, can only harm the global standing of your country.

I would urge that you convey our concerns to the Brazilian government and parliamentary authorities.

Yours sincerely

FRANCES O'GRADY

General Secretary