Posts Tagged ‘electrical workers’

May Day in Mexico: Thousands oppose labor reforms, demand Lozano’s resignation

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Calderón government one of the three worst in history, electrical workers say

[Translation of an article from La Jornada of Mexico City for May 2.]

by Patricia Muñoz and Georgina Saldierna

During the International Workers’ Day march on May 1, 2010, independent unions of the country characterized the Felipe Calderón government as one of the “three worst” in the history of the country, equal to those of Antonio López de Santa Anna and Victoriano Huerta; declared their unanimous rejection of PAN [Partido de Acción Nacional – National Action Party] labor reforms; condemned the massive impoverishment of Mexican workers; and voted by show of hands for the “immediate departure” of Secretary of Labor Javier Lozano Alarcón.

The mobilization featured the presence in the Zócalo of the 72 members of the Sindicato Mexicano de Electicistas (SME – Mexican Electrical Workers Union) who are on hunger strike; the unanimous repudiation of the administration’s labor policies, declared by dozens of labor organizations on picket signs, posters and t-shirts; and the absence of members of what is usually one of the most militant contingents in this kind of observation, that of Social Security workers. (more…)

Unions: Calderón’s actions against workers are fascistic

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Blood-bath possible on the 16th, when black and red banners appear at LFC

[Translation of an article from La Jornada of Mexico City for March 12, 2010.]

by Patricia Muñoz Ríos

Labor leaders from Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and India, among other nations, have declared that “we thought the rule of law existed in Mexico” but the current government of Felipe Calderón “is taking fascistic actions against the workers of the country and has undertaken the hunting down of democratic organizations, the likes of which is seen only in some dictatorships.” (more…)