GM arbitrarily dismisses trade union activists

The illegal dismissals must be denounced. The workers need to reject the attack to the right of freedom of association

In recent days General Motors has launched a series of attacks on the workers’ organization. The trade union leader Célio Dias da Silva, member of the Leadership of the Metalworkers Trade Union of São José dos Campos and Region, affiliated to CSP-Conlutas, and the factory’s Safety Comittee member Serginho were arbitrarily dismissed on behalf of the General Motors.

Theese attacks took place after two assemblies with the contract negotiation on the agenda and the mobilizations proposed by the movement Brazil Metalworkers, which unites workers of the entire country in the fight against the effects of the labor reform and the bill of unrestricted outsourcing.

The authoritarian measure taken by the management of General Motors represents a serious attack to the right of freedom of association, thus it will be denounced nationally and internationally.

Against the anti-trade unionist standing of the assembly company, a unitary mobilization of the workers and representative organizations is necessary to defend the freedom of association and the historical rights that are being violently threatened by businessmen and the government. Let’s fight back!

For the immediate reintegration of co-workers Celio and Serginho!



The dismissals of union leader Célio Dias da Silva and the Safety Comittee member Serginho on behalf of the management of General Motors, in São José dos Campos, deserves complete rejection for arbitrariness.

This attitude is a serious attack to the entire metalworker sector and to Brazilian and international trade union movement. When, in Brazil, there is an attempt to weaken the trade unions and worsen labor conditions.

In defense of the right of freedom of association, we demand the immediate reintegration of our co-workers, Celião and Serginho.

(Signature of the entity)


President of GM Mercosul – Carlos Zarlenga

Director of Labor Relations of GMB – Sidnei Alvarez

Manager of Labor Consulting and Trade Union Relations of GMB – Artur Bernardo

Major of São José dos Campos – Felício Ramuth



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