the us brazil partnership for workers’ rights
2023 seems to be the year of workers’ rights as countries around the world witness strikers and demand for wage raise and incentives. The 1970s-1990s union revolution has been revived with trade unions fighting for their members’ rights and protections in workplaces and economy.
Recognizing workers’ rights and the need for decent work environments, the US and Brazil have launched a joint global initiative with the working class at heart. Both countries share an understanding and commitment to safeguarding workers’ rights, addressing discrimination and ensuring a just and clean energy transition.
A First-of-its-kind Initiative for Workers’ Rights
The US-Brazil Partnership for Workers’ Rights promotes decent work, which is foundational to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. The US and Brazil have shared concerns about the effects of digitalization of economies and the professional use of Artificial Intelligence at work.
The two countries will work together to expand their ambition and strengthen partnership to address the most urgent challenges facing workers around the world. This includes protecting workers’ rights as per the ILO’s core conventions, empowering workers, ending worker exploitation; promoting safe, healthy, and decent work; advancing worker centered approaches to the clean energy transition; harnessing technology and digital transactions for the benefit of all; and tackling workplace discrimination for the minority (LGBTQ+, racial and ethnic groups, and women).
The United States and Brazil will work with other governments and their union partners to address these pressing issues.
US-Brazil Stand For Human Rights
US President Joe Biden said the two largest democracies in the Western Hemisphere stand up for human rights around the world. He believes a job is a lot more than a paycheck. “It’s about your dignity. It’s about respect. It’s about being able to look your child in the eye and say, Honey, it’s going to be okay, and mean it.”
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva, a former metalwork turned politician and now a President, holds protecting workers’ rights in his heart. “I worked 27 years inside a plant. I’ve seen unemployment. I’ve experienced unemployment. I believe that the relationship between the US and Brazil will improve and that we can behave as friends seeking a common objective: developing and improving the lives of people.”
Now the two presidents have made workers’ rights a priority to safeguard the rights of working families.