With Hélène Deborde
“The best news I’m taking back to Doux
workers in France is the possibility of joint actions”
I’m very pleased this committee was formed, but it will
really come into existence when we put it to practical and
concrete use through our actions
Hélène Deborde, European international relations officer at France’s
General Agro-Food Federation (FGA), participated in the International
Doux Workers Workshop recently held in Porto Alegre, Brazil and before
going back to France she made the following assessment of the activity.
would you highlight as the most important outcome of this workshop?
mutual will of workers to cooperate with each other. I think it is
stimulating to confirm that such will exists, and that is a desire
shared by us all; and also that it is not limited to just one issue, but
can be extended to a broader, more long-term project.
has the activity been useful for?
served to create ties. We now realize that we can make projects happen.
I think we need to move forward with this project, because it will be
what drives the relations we started forging at this workshop.
you surprised by what you heard about Doux in Brazil?
already had some information, but hearing the reports directly and
having a greater insight on how trade unions are structured here -not
just in Doux- helped me understand the context much better.
Hearing the powerful
testimonies of working conditions at Doux also strengthens the desire to
work to overcome such problems.
is the most important thing you are taking back with you to Doux workers
-Perhaps the fact that workers and trade unionists at Doux
Brazil are willing to support the actions of their peers in
France and that there can be reciprocity in this sense. The
certainty that information exchanges will continue, but also that
workers will seek to support each other in their actions. That’s the
first news I’m going to convey to them.
do you expect from the International Committee of DOUX Workers?
expect joint actions. I’m very pleased this committee was formed, but it
will really come into existence when we put it to practical and concrete
use through our actions. We will then have a great opportunity to expand
our coordinated actions to other agriculture and food related issues,
because there are many French companies that are operating in Brazil
and many Brazilian ones operating in France.
The IUF and FGA have a lot of common areas of action, and
I’m thinking, for example, in the meat industry, but also in the sugar
industry. Achieving a permanent cooperation with common areas of action
would be ideal.