Workers' Cause Party

Workers' Cause Party (Portuguese: Partido da Causa Operária, PCO) is a political party in Brazil. Its origins can be traced back to 1978. On that year, several Trotskyist activists who were not satisfied with the socialist international[clarification needed] united under the name Tendência Trotskista do Brasil (Brazilian Trotskyist Tendency, TTB). However, it was only established in 1995.

History [ edit ]

In 1980, this organization united itself with the newly formed Worker's Party (PT), becoming very involved in that decade's municipal and state elections, with several mayors and state representatives elected.

In 1990 and 1991, however, several TTB members were expelled from the PT due to their non-commitment to the Party's statutes. After that, the PCO was officially organized and founded in 1995.[2]

In 2006, the candidacy of Rui Costa Pimenta to presidency was abrogated by the Superior Electoral Court.

In 2018, PCO supported the bid of Luís Inácio Lula da Silva (PT), Fernando Haddad (PT) and Manuela D'Ávilla (PCdoB) informally and critically, refusing the invitation to compose the colligation (PT, PCdoB and PROS) officially.[3]

In 2020, PCO members organize movements favorables to the deposition of Jair Bolsonaro, even with the social isolation.[4]

Currently, the PCO maintains the same Trotskyist policies of its foundation.

Youth wing [ edit ]

The youth wing of the party is the Revolutionary Youth Alliance (AJR), which publishes the magazine Revista Juventude Revolucionária.

Ideology [ edit ]

PCO is favorable to the socialism, due to the capitalist exploration against the workers, and to a land reform without indemnity[5].

In order to protect workers against the bourgeoisie, PCO defends the possession of fireguns by civilians.[6]

The party interpret the Impeachment of Dilma Rousseff (PT) as a coup'd etát in order to bring Michel Temer (MDB) to the presidency.[7]

During the COVID-19 pandemic, PCO was contrary to the social isolation as it was made by the government of Jair Bolsonaro, because it is, according to Rui Costa Pimenta, "a blind policy, that only works to the bourgeoisie and the middle class".[8]

Electoral results [ edit ]

Presidential elections [ edit ]

Election Candidate Running mate Colligation First round Second round Result
Votes % Votes %
1998 None None None - - - - -
2002 Rui Costa Pimenta (PCO) Pedro Paulo de Abreu (PCO) None 38,619 0,04% (#6) - - Lost Red X N
2006 Rui Costa Pimenta (PCO) Pedro Paulo Pinheiro (PCO) None 0 0% (#8) - - Lost Red X N
2010 Rui Costa Pimenta (PCO) Edson Dorta Silva (PCO) None 12,206 0.01% (#9) - - Lost Red X N
2014 Rui Costa Pimenta (PCO) Ricardo Machado (PCO) None 12,324 0.01% (#11) - - Lost Red X N
2018 None* None None - - - - -
Source: Election Resources: Federal Elections in Brazil – Results Lookup*

Newspapers and magazines [ edit ]

  • Jornal da Causa Operária (JCO) - Physical newspaper
  • Diário da Causa Operária (DCO) - Current virtual newspaper[9]
  • Causa Operária TV - Official YouTube channel[9]
  • Rádio Causa Operária - Official radio station[10]
  • Revista Juventude Revolucionária - Revolutionary Youth Alliance magazine[11]

References [ edit ]

Media related to Partido da Causa Operária at Wikimedia Commons

  1. ^ "Eleitores filiados".
  2. ^ (in Portuguese) Historical note about the PCO
  3. ^ Filho, Paulo (2018-08-17). "A posição do PCO sobre a candidatura Lula". Diário Causa Operária (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  4. ^ Morais, Esmael (2020-05-20). "PCO realiza ato pelo 'Fora Bolsonaro' em Brasília nesta quarta". Blog do Esmael (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  5. ^ "Questões". PCO (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  6. ^ "Filie-se ao PCO, o partido que defende o armamento do povo". Acervo do Diário Causa Operária (in Portuguese). 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  7. ^ "Veja como participar do ato 11 de outubro em Brasília". PCO (in Portuguese). 2017-09-26. Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  8. ^ Dorea, Manuela (2020-04-14). "PCO tem posição igual à de Bolsonaro sobre isolamento". Blog da Cidadania (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  9. ^ a b Pimenta, João Jorge (2019-10-29). "DCO – Uma visão revolucionária sobre o Brasil e o mundo". Diário Causa Operária (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  10. ^ "Home". Rádio Causa Operária (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  11. ^ "Uma revista para a juventude". Acervo do Diário Causa Operária (in Portuguese). 2016-02-23. Retrieved 2020-05-26.
Preceded by

28 - BLRP (PRTB)
Numbers of Brazilian Official Political Parties

29 - LCP (PCO)
Succeeded by

30 - NEW (NOVO)

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