The National Confederation of Workers in Education - CNTE, an entity representing more than 4 million professionals from public schools in Brazil, is publicly expressing unrestricted solidarity with Ecuador's education workers' struggle for better wages, career rights professional, educational autonomy and working conditions, while repudiating the Government's retaliation for union activities by the National Union of Educators - UNE.
Regrettably, the neoliberal and conservative wave that is plaguing the world and much of Latin America has hit not only the political parties and conservative governments, but also the grassroots, compromising the social, economic and cultural advances achieved in the last decade, especially with the support from social movements.
The organization of the working class is fundamental to advance the solidarity project of society, and must count on the support and respect of the governments that call themselves progressives. Especially because any action against the union movement will only reinforce the conservative right-wing agenda that is advancing in our continent, including through institutional coups, such as those that occurred in Honduras, Paraguay and Brazil.
In this sense, it is of fundamental importance that the government of Ecuador respects the freedom, autonomy and sovereignty of the decisions of the country's unions, especially the UNE, which has a wide representation of workers in education.
Democracy in Latin America requires respect for the popular vote, but also for social organizations and unions, which represent the legitimate interests of organized groups in society, especially those of the popular classes. And investing against the representation of union entities means breaking channels of dialogue, suppressing rights and violating citizenship and democracy.
We reiterate the need to repeal the Ecuadorian government's legal and political acts against the UNE, so that Ecuador does not corroborate the conservative agenda that plagues the Region.