The conflict with the (ex) Mexican Electricians Union (SME) is not yet over and the federal government has launched itself at another union, that of the miners, with the recovery of the facilities at the mythic mine in Cananea, Sonora.While we're on the subject, Lozano has an interview (in Spanish) with Imagen radio regarding the takeover.
For months, the Secretary of the Economy declared the inexistence of labor relations between the Mexico Mining Group (GMM), the Larrea brothers, and the mining union controlled by the fugitive Napoleón Gómez Urrutia. With this declaration, the collective bargaining agreement was terminated and the stage was set for the actions by the federal forces that on Sunday recovered the very deteriorated facilities in the copper mine, the most important in Mexico. The government should clearly understand that the intervention of the federal forces will continue, owing to the fact that Gómez Urrutia continues with majority control over the workers although in these three years he has lost control over some sections. Gómez Urrutia called upon miners in Cananea to not accept the buy-outs offered by the company --six times greater than those mandated in the Federal Labor Law-- as ex-SME director Martín Esparza did as well. The difference is that Esparza was in Mexico and Gómez Urrutia continues in control of the union from a remote point. Whatever the case, the government made a decision that without a doubt will have political costs, which will be expensive and beyond the operating capacity of the federal officials charged with dealing with the issue, among them of course Javier Lozano Alarcón.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Another Government-Union Dispute
The most vital news around the present union dispute de jour is that Federal Police retook a mine in Sonora, dislodging a three-year-old protest engineered by fugitive union leader Napoleón Gómez, who is presently in Canada but under indictment here in Mexico. Adrián Trejo had the following reaction: