GLOBAL ALLIANCE OF WASTE PICKERS
GLOBAL ALLIANCE OF
WASTE PICKERS
The Global Alliance of Waste Pickers is a networking process supported by WIEGO, among thousands of waste picker organizations with groups in more than 28 countries covering mainly Latin America, Asia and Africa.
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Eduardo Ferreira de Paula
Waste Picker Group
Aakar
Country
Brazil

Eduardo Ferreira de Paula

Eduardo Ferreira de Paula is a member of COOPAMARE, São Paulo, one of the first wastepickers’ cooperatives in Brazil. He’s been working as a “catador,” or wastepicker, for 23 years.

In addition to working as a wastepicker, Eduardo is a representative of the National Wastepickers’ Movement in Brazil (Movimento Nacional dos Catadores de Materiais Recicláveis) and of the Latin American Network (La Red Latino Americana y del Caribe).

“Many comrades have talked about the rights of waste pickers,” Eduardo said. And today many waste pickers are organized. But he would like to see further advancements, such as a political movement in favor of retirement benefits for waste pickers.

“We have been up and down steep hills for more than 20 years — some for more than 50,” he said. “Our work is dangerous, risky. We should be entitled to retirement benefits.”

What is lacking, he said, is the political will to make something like this a reality.

 

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