From the TUC

More attacks on independent unions in Mexico

22 Sep 2012, By Guest

IndustriALL Global Union and the Tri-National Solidarity Alliance (TNSA) – which covers Canada, Mexico and the USA – are leading opposition to significant labour law reforms being fast-tracked through the Mexican parliament. The legislation would increase the serious obstacles already facing workers and democratic, independent trade unions in Mexico. IndustriALL have produced a model letter to send to Mexican legislators.

The legislation has been drafted by outgoing president Felipe Calderón, who has been an enemy to workers and unions in Mexico throughout his six-year term. The list of violations of labour and trade union rights committed by the Calderón regime is long, and his outgoing attack through proposed changes to a number of regulations would cement his legacy. The 30-day initial consultation period for the legislation began on 1 September.

The proposed legislation would weaken the right to strike, widen the abuse of protection contracts used by employers to bypass the legitimate independent trade unions representing its employees, and interfere with union autonomy. The proposed changes would also increase precarious work in Mexico by legalising sub-contracting without creating a regulatory mechanism to ensure accountability of companies for the respect of labour rights through their production chains.

Under the new law workers could be hired without job security on six-month probation contracts or even hired by the hour. Back pay in cases of illegal termination would be capped at 12 months to allow employers to delay legal cases for years and pressure workers to accept smaller compensation payments.

Even the legality of the legislative process itself is highly dubious in this case. The preferential fast-track process is new in Mexico and would bypass the democratic process. As IndustriALL General Secretary Jyrki Raina wrote to parliamentary coordinators of the Mexican Congress, the process shows:

“Utter contempt for the views of legislators, workers and citizens and is in clear violation of international labour and human rights standards, including ILO Conventions 87 and 98, and other international law”.

The President of the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC) Richard Trumka has written a Letter to Secretary General Gurria to the OECD General Secretary to initiate discussions after the OECD shamefully publically endorsed the anti-worker legislation (Gurria is a former Mexican Finance Minister.)

3 Responses to More attacks on independent unions in Mexico

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    Sep 28th 2012, 1:07 pm

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    Contents 1 Generation of Revolutionaries …………….3 2.
    Rise to Leadership . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 3. Seizure of State Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
    Generation of Revolutionaries Plunder and war continue to spread across the world. They are stuff of past and present history. The greater the material product of society the greater the plunder; the larger the stock of productive forces the more extensive the destruction. It is not the task of this manual to examine the plunder or the destruction, but to treat contemporary forms of resisting them. Among forms of resistance only two will be examined: a form which has become established as the modern model of revolution, and resistance which takes the form of a continually changing response to continually developing productive forces. It is the task of the manual to apply the twentieth century model of revolution to the conditions created by the development of productive forces. By its successes this model has proved itself the quintessence of revolutionary political activity in modern times. Its processes have so far been limited to conditions characterized by a low level of development of productive forces. At a high level of development of productive forces, responses to the dominant social order take the form of attempts of individuals to realize their self-powers, their capacities, to the level made possible by social development. Social relations that have played out their historical role come into conflict with the possibilities opened up by the productive forces. Suddenly people who have come on the scene, who have become disenchanted with the entire system, who have become disillusioned over the system and who are ready now and willing to do something about it. The possibilities of the productive forces cease to be the subject of prayer, the promised land to which a savior will someday lead mankind. The attempt of individuals to realize their self-powers to the level made possible by contemporary productive forces is a threat to the stability of the dominant social order, which tries to purge itself of rebellious elements.
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