Article from Mexican Labor News & Analysis
Published by UE International.

Date published: July, 2016

Web version: http://www.ueinternational.org/Mexico_info/mlna_articles.php?id=247#1853

SOCIAL SECURITY WORKERS PROTEST LACK OF STAFF

Workers of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) have engaged in protests over lack of medical staff, lost of benefits, and changes in work rules. Other public health agencies are also affected by budget cuts, new administrative policies, and concessionary labor agreements.

María Lourdes Osorio, a union steward at an IMSS facility in Hidalgo told the press, “The health sector, and not only IMSS, now face this problem. Many positions are not being filled. These unfilled positions are principally for medical specialists such a family medicine, cardiology, traumatology, oncology, and internal medicine.”

In addition to those problems, the National Union of Social Security Workers (SNTSS) has signed a contract that excludes A and B workers, mostly specialists, from the Institutes retirement system. Another clause in the contract also excludes those A and B workers from protection of their working conditions.
Ana Cristina Laurell, Mexico’s leading authority on the country’s social security health systems, argues in a recent opinion piece in La Jornada that the government’s two recent budget cuts, amounting to US$8.7 billion, will have a dramatic affect not only on IMSS, but also on the Institute of Security and Social Services of the Workers of the State (ISSSTE), and on the Popular Security (PS) system. She contends that these cuts are illegal, violating previous legislation establishing minimum contributions for each person covered.

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