President Lula (PT) and the President of the United States, Joe Biden, presented this Wednesday (20), in New York (USA), an initiative aimed at strengthening labor rights in both countries, highlighting the relevance of unions in labor negotiations. Called “Partnership for Workers’ Rights”, this is the first collaboration between the two countries related to labor rights.
As informed by Palácio do Planalto Brasileiro, the objective is to increase the number of jobs and improve working conditions in both Brazil and the USA, which have different working realities. The initiative had already been announced in August, after a telephone conversation between the two leaders. In the United States, Biden is one of the Democratic politicians closest to unionism, a political origin shared with Lula.
“We seek to establish, possibly, a new paradigm in the relationship between capital and labor, a civilized relationship for the 21st century. Those who believe that weak unions benefit businesspeople are mistaken. There is no democracy without strong unions, as it is the unions that effectively represent workers,” said Lula. During the meeting, the PT leader highlighted the need to discuss how to increase wages in the midst of an energy transition and crises in Western democracies.
“We don’t just aim for the good of one class. We want the least privileged to have opportunities to move up in life, and that vision is driven by a robust labor force. That’s why my government has been recognized as the most pro-union in the history of U.S. Unprecedented profits must be reflected in more substantial wages, which is why we launched this partnership for workers’ rights,” the American president added. This is the second time that the two leaders have met in a bilateral meeting. In February, Lula visited Washington shortly after assuming the Presidency.