Brazilian unions reject return to classes without safe conditions

Brazilian educational and healthcare workers took to the streets on July 29 to denounce the decision by the state government to return to in-person classes while the pandemic rages on

July 31, 2020 by Peoples Dispatch

In São Paulo the planned return to school activities on September 8, despite the increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, led teachers, unions and peoples movements to take to the streets on Wednesday July 29. They attempted to reach the seat of the São Paulo state government in the capital, but were stopped by police.

The president of the Union of Teachers of Official Education of the São Paulo state (Apeoesp) and the state deputy for São Paulo, Maria Izabel Azevedo Noronha, called the position of the São Paulo government authoritarian.

“Governor Jõao Doria again shows his authoritarianism, blocking educational workers and healthcare professionals, from Apeoesp and the Health Workers Union, access to the Bandeirantes Palace. They did not even allow us to arrive by foot. But we will not give up. Our struggle is in defense of life, against the return to in-person classes, for the recognition and valorization of the healthcare workers and the issuance of the emergency aid to the temporary teachers without salary,” she affirmed.