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Chinese company linked to slave labor in Brazil

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The Chinese multinational Cofco Agri, a company involved in the processing of agricultural products, has been fined for work similar to slavery. Thirty-one employees working in soybean management in Nova Maringá, 392 km from Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Brazil, were rescued because they were without drinking water and housed in overcrowded and unhealthy places, among other irregularities, according to the Superintendence of Labor (SRTE-MT) ) And the Public Labor Ministry (MPT-MT).
One of the workers rescued was still a victim of a work accident and is undergoing treatment. The New Maringá Cargo Workers' Union, responsible for recruiting the employees, should respond by grooming and reducing someone to the condition analogous to that of slave labor.
In a statement, the multinational's press office said that it chose to hire employees with the participation of the union and that once it received the complaint about the situation of workers adopted the necessary adjustment measures before the supervision of the Ministry of Labor.
Cofco Agri is part of Cofco Internacional, a group present in 29 countries and had a turnover of US $ 16.9 billion last year, according to the company's website.
According to the Ministry of Labor, this was the largest operation to rescue workers in conditions analogous to slavery since 2009 when 78 people were rescued at a rural estate in Sapezal, 473 km far from the capital.



Image of worker rescued in Chinese company Cofco Agri. (Photo: Inspection Team / SRTE / MT)

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Reply Report HailChina! 2017-4-11 03:04
What is the average income in Brazil?
The country's overall average monthly salary is $678.90. Brazil's official minimum wage in 2010 was $288 per month – less than $10 per day. Incomes tend to be higher in the south and southeast areas of the country.
- google

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Despite the current economic woes faced by the country, Brazil's federal government announced that as of January 1st, 2016 the minimum wage will increase by 11.6 percent to R$880.00 per month (US$228.00), which corresponds to R$4.00 per hour.Dec 30, 2015
- google

Is Brazil serious?

I do not agree with all of this modern 'slave labor' propaganda because in my opinion all unskilled workers of developing nations are slaves. Plus how are people forced to work in conditions that equate to so-called 'slave labour' anyway? Was anyone forcing these 31 Brazilians to stay at this work site? Brazil is a terrible country with incredible wealth disparity, inadequate welfare system and very high unemployment so is it any wonder that many Brazilian workers would choose to do what western capitalists call 'slave labour'? Of course not. And what is so different between a Brazilian that takes work like this and the millions of Mexicans and American citizens that take illegal cash in hand/no tax jobs to survive? We never hear about how USA has a massive 'slave labour' problem but they absolutely do if we use the modern capitalist definition for 'slave labour'. USA only has temporary unemployment benefits and after a certain period of time the USA throws unemployed American citizens off of welfare and as a result many of them join the illegal Mexicans and start working in the US black/underground economy which is said to be worth at least $2 trillion. In places like Australian cash in hand work is highly illegal and frowned upon but in USA they love it and the Americans freely admit that the US agricultural sector would collapse if it could not rely on illegal workers that are paid much lower than min wage on a cash-in-hand/no tax basis. Every second middle class American seems to employ an illegal Mexican as a housekeeper or gardener and the official policy of the neoliberal US political class is that these illegals are of great value to USA and they should not be deported. The US capitalists and political class want all the illegal Mexican workers they can get their hands on and there are never any penalties for business that use these illegal workers - all of the focus is put on the worker not the employers. You get US politicians like Rudy Giuliani telling us that USA needs these millions of illegal Mexicans because they will do all the jobs that American citizens do not want to do. And yeah, most Americans will not work for less than min wage without any worker protections. So it is utterly incredible that all of this 'slave labour' propaganda nonsense comes from USA and US news networks like CNN. All illegal Mexicans that are working illegally in USA are doing slave labour and there are millions upon millions of them. Why dont we ever hear about that?

And as far as this story goes - even companies like Nestle admit that 'slave labour' is unavoidable in Brazil and the reason is that Brazil is a hell hole of a nation. But with this story above - was the cost of accommodation ( the story says the workers were "housed" - I assume by the employer ) taken out of the $4 per day that these low skilled Brazilians were earning? Accommodation isnt free. And the company is responsible for providing the workers with water are they? These people are grown adults and they are responsible for making their own choices - if they choose to take jobs that are not legal that doesnt make them slaves - it makes them criminals like all of the illegal Mexican workers in USA.
Reply Report mauriciomunhoz 2017-4-11 08:06
HailChina!: What is the average income in Brazil?
The country's overall average monthly salary is $678.90. Brazil's official minimum wage in 2010 was $288 per mon ...
Brazil is a country with one of the most rigid labor laws, which is considered a gain (workers' point of view) and also a setback (from the point of view of businessmen)

In addition, let's consider your notes: Income in Brazil is very low which is a characteristic of a poor country, if not a hell as the journalistic material points out, but a country where the ordinary citizen is not valued.

In fact, these considerations, made by a foreign citizen like you, are important for a mature debate about the future of labor relations, not only in developing countries but also in rich nations.
Reply Report HailChina! 2017-4-11 12:49
mauriciomunhoz: Brazil is a country with one of the most rigid labor laws, which is considered a gain (workers' point of view) and also a setback (from the point of v ...
Coming from Australia I do not consider Brazilian labour laws to be all that great at all. The way they allow dangerous pesticides to be used for example is not very good, and even though Brazil is a poor nations $4 an hour for min wage seems very very low.

Low skilled workers in China have it just as bad as Brazilians so in some way it is a bit harsh to hold Chinese companies to the same standards as what I would expect of western companies operating in Brazil.
Reply Report mauriciomunhoz 2017-4-11 22:01
HailChina!: Coming from Australia I do not consider Brazilian labour laws to be all that great at all. The way they allow dangerous pesticides to be used for exam ...
I also do not consider Brazilian labor laws to be very good, but there are several protection mechanisms in the laws, such as the dismissal of the worker, which will be protected by a guarantee fund. With regard to other protections, as in the case of the agricultural worker, who uses agro-toxicology, you are right, there is no protection.
Brazil is a country that has deep social inequalities because of the development model, Australia has a less savage capitalism than Brazil.
Reply Report HailChina! 2017-4-11 22:13
mauriciomunhoz: I also do not consider Brazilian labor laws to be very good, but there are several protection mechanisms in the laws, such as the dismissal of the wor ...
I think that there is a very big difference with our culture and welfare systems. In places like England, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland etc we have government welfare than poor people can be on forever. We do not have to have worked for 12 months before becoming unemployed and like I said, there is no limit to how long you can be on welfare. The main reason is because us poor British stock will kill the ruling class if they were to just let us starve with no money. Especially the Irish. So the government has to provide welfare that is somewhat decent. It is not the best right now but still much better and fairer than anywhere else really. To us it is wrong for people to be in extreme poverty like people end up in places like Brazil. And this willingness to kill the ruling class if society is not fair is also the reason we have decent working conditions. Our unions are militant and will kill people if society is not fair. Society is becoming a lot less fair in our nations due to Americanization so I am concerned about unions like the CFMEU because they do things like punch police horses in the head. But yeah, we wont put up with what the poor put up with in developing nations like Brazil and that is why things are better for us. Our capitalists arent any better - the workers are.
Reply Report wangbeijing 2017-4-11 22:13
HailChina!: Coming from Australia I do not consider Brazilian labour laws to be all that great at all. The way they allow dangerous pesticides to be used for exam ...
Developing countries need to create a worker protection network. I do not know much about Brazil, but China has advanced. From a country that has always had very cheap labor, China is turning into a country that improves the working conditions of the Chinese, including better wages.
Reply Report HailChina! 2017-4-11 22:21
wangbeijing: Developing countries need to create a worker protection network. I do not know much about Brazil, but China has advanced. From a country that has alwa ...
Yes I agree, China is doing a very good job. I only read the other day that the min wage has increased in China. And look how many China has lifted from poverty.

I have some ideas for global worker protections that involve world government and a transition to exchange rate parity and a global min wage and global awards. This is the only way for us to achieve a truly global workforce. It couldnt happen overnight but a global min wage and truly global workforce is a goal that the global community should be working towards.
Reply Report mauriciomunhoz 2017-4-11 22:27
HailChina!: I think that there is a very big difference with our culture and welfare systems. In places like England, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland etc we have  ...
Few countries still adopt the welfare state. The abrupt movements of globalization are shaking the structure of capitalism, and even the United States fails to maintain social gains. The world is in constant transformation, and it takes many studies to better interpret it.
Reply Report AnneJustin 2017-4-12 00:33
good debate
Reply Report HailChina! 2017-4-12 01:10
mauriciomunhoz: Few countries still adopt the welfare state. The abrupt movements of globalization are shaking the structure of capitalism, and even the United States ...
No. The working class just have to be willing to kill the ruling class. That is why we have a welfare state. You dont need to do a study.
Reply Report mauriciomunhoz 2017-4-12 02:05
HailChina!: No. The working class just have to be willing to kill the ruling class. That is why we have a welfare state. You dont need to do a study.
We can not think of class struggle simply as Marx did, the world has another matrix of infra and superstructure.
Reply Report mauriciomunhoz 2017-4-12 04:50
AnneJustin: good debate
I agree.
Reply Report arabchinalover 2017-4-12 13:01
companies that hire workers in desperate need exist everywhere , where they hire slave-like worker that has no options but to wrok under extremly bad conditions. we can't underestimate human greed and cruelty......
Reply Report mauriciomunhoz 2017-4-13 01:06
arabchinalover: companies that hire workers in desperate need exist everywhere , where they hire slave-like worker that has no options but to wrok under extremly bad  ...
Some countries still maintain working conditions similar to the period of the industrial revolution. As you said, unfortunately, the workers are left with no options.
Reply Report sfphoto 2017-4-14 06:29
Brazil's slums called Favelas have far worse living and working conditions than the workplace of the company depicted above. If the company is guilty, then it should be fined accordingly. But Brazil should take care of its own citizens first before expecting foreign companies to do the job for them.
Reply Report mauriciomunhoz 2017-4-14 08:58
sfphoto: Brazil's slums called Favelas have far worse living and working conditions than the workplace of the company depicted above. If the company is guilty, ...
You are right, Brazil is a typical example of savage capitalism, which produces terrible social inequalities. The favelas are the face of extreme poverty. However, the changes must happen and nothing justifies the slave labor, whether practiced by Brazilian or foreign companies.
Reply Report AndrewHLi 2017-4-14 15:39
HailChina!: Coming from Australia I do not consider Brazilian labour laws to be all that great at all. The way they allow dangerous pesticides to be used for exam ...
What is the typical personality of an Irish?
Reply Report HailChina! 2017-4-14 15:47
AndrewHLi: What is the typical personality of an Irish?
Well, Irish people love their mothers but it is your mother that they want to have sex with. The Irish believe themselves to be good enough. The Irish are borderline terrorists. And they can tend to be a bit on the daft side. Plus they are all drunks.

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Reply Report scape 2017-4-14 23:08
wangbeijing: Developing countries need to create a worker protection network. I do not know much about Brazil, but China has advanced. From a country that has alwa ...
I believe that China has advanced in protecting its workers, but in the rural areas there are still conditions close to slavery.
Reply Report mauriciomunhoz 2017-4-14 23:14
scape: I believe that China has advanced in protecting its workers, but in the rural areas there are still conditions close to slavery.
Brazil has also advanced in the protection of workers, but, like China, still lives with deep social and regional inequalities, so there is still much to improve.

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