EL NUEVO TOPO, October 11, 2009
Mexican govt. destroys union
66,000 Mexican electrical workers living in the Mexico City area face loss of their jobs as the government sends in Army and police into electrical installations this weekend around Mexico City. President Calderon, acting my decree, has completely by-passed the Mexican Congress. 76 substations and 5 distribution centers have been occupied by the Army and police.
My abolishing the government owned Compania de Luz y Fuerza and passing it over to the control of the Federal Electrical Commission, the employees no longer have a union contract — the result will be the elimination of the S.M.E. (Sindicato Mexicano de Electricistas) which has been in opposition to the government.
The Federal Electricity Commission has sent in 3,500 of its own engineers from other cities to run the installations in Mexico City. The government claims “this is not a part of a strategy against unions” but simply because the company has been losing money.
The government is offering the laid off workers indemnification only if they accept within 30 days. Otherwise, the threat is they will receive nothing. The Sindicato Mexicana de Electricidad has stated that their members will reject the government offer.