Saber mais, para lutar melhor: concepção e prática da formação sindical no Sindicato dos Metalúrgicos do ABC  paulista e as novas estratégias sindicais no período 1999-2009 / Know more, to fight better: conception and practice of union education at Metalworkers Union of ABC paulista and the new union strategies in the period 1999-2009


IBICT - Instituto Brasileiro de Informação em Ciência e Tecnologia




Union education has been considered an essential element for political formation of workers and historically associated to strong workers´ movement. In this direction, this research mainly aims to study the conception and practice of the union education programme at Metalworkers Union of ABC paulista in the period 1999-2009. The reason why there is a concentration in this decade is the implementation of the new formative programme in 1999, by decision of the third metalworkers´ congress, which happened in a period of deep transformation in the capitalism and in the work world. Its impacts have been felt in the unionism since the beginning of the 1990s, indicating the militants and leaders´ qualification need. Research involved fieldwork in São Bernardo do Campo, state of São Paulo, with emphasis on the empirical resource of Educational Department, where they were analysed reports, plans, quantitative data, teaching material, associated to interviews with professional and volunteer teachers with experience on the programme. They were studied the two main programme topics, expressed by the courses Union in the plant and Union and Society, as well as the subject faced to the education of teacher leader, Education for teachers. This research material had as analysis focal point the concept of the building of class experience at E.P. Thompson and that one of socialization at Claude Dubar e Dubet &Martuccelli, associated to the authors of the debate about this transformation, as well as those ones who discuss new unionist identities possibilities and new strategies. These research results indicate not only to the building of a consistent and qualitative experience of these work world transformation discussion but also to the leaders´ qualification for union action, indicating a kind of resistance of the workers by new strategies in an unfavourable landscape. However, despite the advances, there are still challenges to this collective.


union education formação política formação sindical metalúrgicos do abc metalworkers of abc political education productive restructuring reestruturação produtiva sindicalismo unionism

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