Mexican Electrical Workers Union Fights For Its Life

Submitted by PaulHampton on Wed, 10/21/2009 - 10:58

Dan La Botz has warned that the Mexican Electrical Workers Union (SME), one of the most important in Latin America, is fighting for its life.

On the night of October 10, the Mexican President ordered federal police to seize the power plants, while he simultaneously liquidated the state-owned Light and Power Company, fired the entire workforce, and thus did away with the legal existence of the union.

La Botz argues that the attack on the Electrical Workers Union should be compared to Ronald Reagan's firing of more than 11,500 members of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers (PATCO) in 1981 or to Margaret Thatcher's attack on the National Union of Minerworkers (NUM) in 1984.

The full report is on the refreshed New Politics site
http://newpolitics.mayfirst.org/fromthearchives?nid=148

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