The São Paulo state government, in an authoritarian, illegal and anti-union move, fired 8 metro workers and suspended another one on Tuesday (24).
The dismissals took place after the subway workers stopped the city of São Paulo in the strike against privatisations that took place on 3 October. The demonstration marked the recent history of São Paulo's workers and enjoyed great public support.
If Governor Tarcísio de Freitas' plan with the dismissals was to weaken the movement, the result is exactly the opposite. By unfairly persecuting the fighters, the governor, who is a friend and political supporter of Bolsonaro, ended up pouring more fuel on the fire.
For the workers, the task now is to defend the dismissed, but also to defeat privatisation, which directly affects the lives of the entire population.
São Paulo's metro workers are going to build a unified mobilisation! This is the response to the recent dismissals against the category and to Governor Tarcisio's plan to sell Sabesp - the state-owned water distribution company, the Metro and CPTM - the railway system.
The struggle plan was voted on at the assembly, which decided to continue the struggle together with the workers of the other companies under threat of privatisation and the state school teachers, who are joining the mobilisation.
A new assembly will be held next week to define the next steps in the struggle.