Article from Mexican Labor News & Analysis
Published by UE International.
Date published: March 2016
Web version: http://www.ueinternational.org/Mexico_info/mlna_articles.php?id=242#1819
Though Mexico has recorded no official strikes in two and a half years, strike notifications—part of the legal process required of unions in Mexico—have risen by 25 percent, reports El Economista. Labor attorneys say such strike notifications are often accompanied by work stoppages.
According to members of the Independent National Democratic Union of Agricultural Day Laborers (SINJA), growers in the San Quintín Valley where farmworkers struck last March are pressuring their employees to join the unions of the Confederation of Mexican Workers (CTM) or the Regional Confederation of Mexican Workers (CROM). Both unions are affiliated with the Institutional Revolutionary Party and friendly with the bosses.
Isaías González Cuevas, head of the Revolutionary Confederation of Workers and Peasants (CROC), which is affiliated with the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), was reelected general secretary by his union’s convention. Speaking at the convention was Carlos Aceves del Olmo, head of the Confederation of Mexican Workers (CTM) who told the assembly that the era of class struggles was over and that the workers should be allies of the bosses. He also declared that the PRI unions such as the CROC and the CTM were allies against their enemies outside the party.
The Mexican Miners and Metalworkers Union (SNTMMRM) won a 7 percent wage increase and a total of 13.5 to 17 percent in total wage and benefit gains for the employees of ASF-K in Sahagún, Hidalgo.
As a result of negotiations between the administration and workers, the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) will pay back wages and holiday bonuses to 200 workers who have gone unpaid for months.
According to the National Commission of Savings Systems for Retirement (CONSAR), a government agency, Mexican workers’ pension funds have lost 2,556,486 pesos or US$863 million.
END MEXICAN LABOR NEWS AND ANALYSIS