Brazilian Workers Confederation

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Workers raise the anarchist black flag during the São Paulo General Strike of 1917

The Brazilian Workers Confederation (Portuguese: Confederação Operária Brasileira; abbreviated COB) is the first trade union of workers in Brazil founded in 1906. After intense union activity, its membership dropped dramatically in the 1930s with a split that occurred with internal conflict and government repression, and was then revived in 1986.

Inspired by the French CGT, the COB was created from the revolutionary unionist perspective. The COB is associated with the International Workers Association (Spanish: Asociación Internacional de los Trabajadores, AIT).


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