"The winds of democracy have barely brushed against the world of labor," was the warning of the Mexican union scholar Graciela Bensunsán at the beginning of the decade. Today, the electricians union reminds us that nothing has changed since then, let's not even say in the last decade, but rather more than half a century.
Despite the changes in the presidency, the plurality in Congress, and the party diversity at every level of government, labor relations in Mexico continue being as vertical and authoritarian as they were 20, 40, or 60 years ago. Maybe even worse now because in the past the influence of those labor leaders ended where the president's began; in contrast, in recent days they have been the ones to impose their will.
The day that the Federal Labor Law is reformed will provide certainty to the relationship between workers and businesses. In that very instant the powerful union barons will turn into a shameful but surpassed part of our history.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
The latest government-union conflict is between the electricians union and the Labor Secretary Javier Lozano. Union boss Martín Esparza had been reelected to his post, but Lozano is refusing to recognize the win because of irregularities in election. Union members are planning to march on Los Pinos as a result. El Universal weighed in with the following editorial: