Recicladores of the Americas and the world. Brothers and sisters in struggle,
Today is a very special day for the people that day after day get up to give their best in our struggles, each and every one of the waste pickers in the region, from different countries.
We are of different cultures, different skin colors, different languages and religious beliefs. But we hold one same idea in our struggle: Dignity of work, inclusion, and recognition.
Brothers and sisters, yet another year has passed but we have the satisfaction of knowing that we have made achievements. The struggle continues and we won’t give up as long as we know that in the most remote place in the world where there are waste pickers, there is dignified and inclusive work for every one of them.
Brothers and sisters, the struggle continues and we put all of our strength into the coming year so that instead of taking this important day to state our demands to authorities, it will be a day in which each one of us from these different countries that today is fighting for them to comply with their laws and agreements … that on this day in the following years we can celebrate triumphantly and say that we have succeeded.
We have faith and hope that God all powerful will help us achieve our objectives.
Brothers and sisters, the stronger the storm behind, the calmer the way forward…
Listen, listen, upwards those who struggle!
There are no borders for the victories of our struggle!