Mozambique: Workers protest mining sales by reactionary government
However, given the absence of proletarian direction, due to the lack of a revolutionary proletariat party, it was led from a regime of popular democracy to a bureaucratic-landowner regime, based on an economy of bureaucratic capitalism, after the death of Samora Machel, joining all anti-communist hysteria with the end of the social-imperialist Soviet Union.
They also denounce vale's complete abandonment of miners, since the Brazilian company did not terminate contracts and, as a consequence, did not comply with any requirement of this closure. In fury at the situation, a labor representative told press monopoly DW, on condition of anonymity: "And even Vale, which owns this mine, never fired us, never came to say anything about this sale. So we as workers, we don't think it's right. Looks like they want to sell us how they sold the machines, the land and how they sold the coal. We're not coal."
Against the attacks, workers declared a strike in the operations of the mine since May 9 and protest daily in the search for a participation in the negotiation. "The problem is that no one has come to negotiate anything with us and we are entitled to negotiate whether or not we want to stay with the new employer, and not be forced to do something we don't want to do," said a worker at press monopoly VOA Portuguese.
Despite Vulcan Resources' statement that it seeks to initiate contact with workers and continue coal exploration in Moatize, miners continue to struggle with abandonment and uncertainty of labor conditions.
Since 2009, when the killing company Vale was already preparing to start mining in Moatize, the mining company has been promoting a total destruction of the living conditions of the region's peasants. According to an article in The Other Words magazine, Vale removed more than 3,000 peasant families from their original lands and resettled them in regions with poor soils, lack of access to rivers and markets and with serious infrastructure problems, such as lack of basic sanitation, electricity and security in the structures of homes.
In addition to expelling the peasants from their lands, Vale destroyed several rivers in the region, either by pollution, landfill or redirection of rivers to the operation of the mine. The potters of the region were also victims of the company, since in addition to losing access to rivers, they began to live under constant clouds of pollution.
As a result of its atrocities against the people, Vale S.A. was sentenced in 2021 by the Justice of Mozambique to pay compensation of 14 million and 400,000 meticais (Mozambican currency) to 48 peasants from Moatize (about 1 million reais). Vale in Mozambique acts as an intermediary, or minor partner, of imperialist financial capital. It is a monopolistic capitalist company of the buyer fraction of the great Brazilian bourgeoisie, with direct links with the monopolistic imperialist capital mainly Yankee.
In turn, Vale, already known both for the crimes against the residents of the regions in which it operates, and for neglecting its debts to the masses (as it does in Brazil), seeks to shift the blame for the crimes to the reactionary government for its lack of supervision. In this dispute, the people are adrift while the old Mozambican state and the terrorist Vale, allies only when they are interested, both are enemies of the people.