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Argentine democracy in danger, Lula tells Biden

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“I've never seen an American president speak so much and so well of workers as you have,” Lula also pointed out to Biden “I've never seen an American president speak so much and so well of workers as you have,” Lula also pointed out to Biden

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva Wednesday warned his US colleague Joseph Biden in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations 78th General Assembly that democracy in Argentina was in danger as “extremist sectors” were gaining ground.

“The denial of politics makes these groups occupy spaces as it has already happened in Brazil, as it is happening in Argentina and in other countries,” Lula insisted.

He also highlighted that when he defeated Jair Bolsonaro last year at the polls, “hope overcame fear.”

Lula seemed to be referring to Congressman Javier Milei of La Libertad Avanza (LLA), whom he did not mention, Télam explained.

During their meeting, Lula and Biden launched a partnership to promote “decent work” and signed a protocol to stand for the workers' rights, Agencia Brasil reported. The initiative aims to combat precarious work, with trade unions as a support base.

“We don't just want one class to do well, we want the poor to have the opportunity to move up in life. The rich don't pay enough tax. That vision is driven by a strong labor force. I'm proud that my administration has been characterized as the most pro-union in US history,” said Biden in his speech launching the initiative.

The Partnership for Workers' Rights has as its main guidelines the protection of labor rights; the promotion of decent work in public and private enterprises; the fight against discrimination in the workplace; a worker-centered approach in the transition to clean energy; and the use of technology and the digital transition in favor of decent work.

In his speech, Lula praised the historic nature of the partnership and highlighted the current challenges to promoting decent work on the planet, after a decade of neoliberalism, an economic regime of intense exploitation of workers.

“The balance is that we have 2 billion workers in the informal sector, according to the ILO [International Labor Organization]. We have 240 million workers who, even if they work, live on less than US$ 1.90 a day. It is unacceptable that women, ethnic minorities, and LGBTQIA+ people are discriminated against in the job market,” the South American leader said.

Lula also advocated strengthening the role of trade unions. “Anyone who believes that a weak union will make the entrepreneur earn more, that the country will be better off, is mistaken. There is no democracy without a strong union. Because the union effectively speaks for the worker in trying to defend their rights,” he added.

According to Biden, workers will be the main agents in the process of energy and technological transformation that the planet will have to face in the coming years.

“We know that our progress depends on our workers. They will drive the green energy transition, they will secure the value chain and build the infrastructure to keep our economy strong,” said Biden.

Both presidents pledged to push for other countries to join the Partnership for Workers' Rights, and to try to reverse the existing situation of exploitation. “In all these international forums, we will be working and trying to create the conditions for all governments to accept a protocol like the one we are signing here,” said Lula.

The two leaders also want to establish an agenda focused on increasing the importance of workers in multilateral institutions such as the G20, COP 28, and COP 30.

Biden spoke of working together with Brazil to tackle the climate crisis, “mobilizing hundreds of millions of dollars to preserve the Amazon and Latin America's crucial ecosystems.”

“We will work together in the partnership of Atlantic cooperation, promoting inclusive economic growth. The two largest democracies in the Western Hemisphere are defending human rights, in the hemisphere and in the world, including workers' rights,” said Biden.

Lula said he needed to present proposals and ensure quality job opportunities, especially for young people, as “a way of awakening hope in the society that lives on work in the world.”

“I've never seen an American president speak so much and so well of workers as you have. This was endorsed by the American trade unions. This is a perfect combination, because I come from the world of work, and I think that work is very precarious, wages are very degraded, more and more workers work more and earn less,” said Lula.

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  • Jack Bauer

    Nine-fingers is really going over the edge...the ignoramus actually believes he is a world class Statesman.... So far, in 8 months, he's visited over 15 countries (especially to where his leftist dictator friends are in charge), with little or no practical results, other than trying to promote himself as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize.

    He talks of democracy while he does everything in his power to curb freedom of speech, and create obstacles rgdng the Congressional COI investigating events that took place in Brasília, on Jan 8th, when 100s vandalized the buildings of the three branches of power -
    according to the Minister of Justice, a declared communist, they were terrorists, trying to stage a coup d'etat - sure, a bunch of unarmed idiots who were just venting their anger against the government.

    It is clear, by recent events /facts, that Nine-fingers is bent on revenge - against everyone who was involved in the Lavajato investigation and his later conviction....and more recently, against anyone who “dare” speak out against him.

    In the manner the COI was created / is being conducted, it's obvious the govt is using its power (of corruption) to avoid the opposition from exposing the government's own participation, in the form of their deliberate ommission or, connivence, on Jan 8th (in order to create a narrative that the “right” was behind the “attempted coup”)

    In the recent Foro de São Paulo (meeting of leftist parties South and Central America) he not only admitted, but said he was proud to be labelled a communist.

    He has co-opted members of the Supreme Court (three of them PT lawyers before being appointed) to ignore the Constitution and people's civil rights while deciding the fate of 100s of the participants in the Jan 8th events.

    He has routinely ignored a campaign promise to not raise taxes, while he is busy creating new ones.

    So much for the ignorant, self-declared communist who couldn't care less abt the Brazilians.

    Sep 21st, 2023 - 05:58 pm +2
  • jlt

    A 'Nazi', really? I imagine you think the peronists are the way to keep going, right down into the septic tank that is. I'm surprised Biden remained awake during the discussion,

    Sep 21st, 2023 - 05:20 pm +1
  • Chicureo


    Skippy Jessop is not the sharpest knife the kitchen drawer. He claims to be an octiinarian that served during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, but is actually a middle-aged self proclaimed virgin who lives with his mother in Utah.

    If you compare his wild diatribes - they are completely identical...

    I hope your family is well, mine has grown with a new grand daughter.

    ¡Saludos de Panquehue!

    Sep 23rd, 2023 - 05:20 pm +1
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