Thursday, August 23, 2012

Peña Nieto's Reforms

Leo Zuckermann has a column about the reforms that Peña Nieto will be pursuing, and this portion seems particularly worrying:
Todo indicaría entonces que, en diciembre, una vez que Peña se ciña la banda presidencial, se apruebe la reforma laboral. Pero no. Ahora resulta que comenzará a discutirse hasta febrero. ¿Por qué?

Me temo que la respuesta tiene que ver con algo que sospechábamos antes de la elección: hay muchos priistas que les disgusta la agenda modernizadora de Peña porque afectan sus intereses. Cuando a principios de año entrevistamos al hoy candidato ganador le preguntamos eso: ¿cómo haría para promover una agenda reformista si dentro de su coalición electoral tenía a elementos que se oponían a ella? ¿Podía un Presidente priista, por ejemplo, promover una reforma laboral que afectara los intereses de sindicatos que militan en el PRI?
I don't know the details of the labor reform, so it's hard for me to comment specifically on that proposal, but the underlying dynamic is unfortunate. Macario Schettino has written about how more than party dynamics, the real division in Mexico is Revolutionaries (i.e., those who retain privileges from the old regime) vs. reformers, a face-off that transcends party lines. I'd say we're looking at a pretty good example of that.


Mexfiles said...

There's another division as well within the PRI... though it's spun here as "reformers" v "old guard" it's also labor v management. The "reforms" radically limit the right to unionize and strike, and would undo much of what the Revolutionary constitution was designed to do. PRI still includes a sizeable socialist and labor-populist faction.

pc said...

Sorry for the delay...yeah I think that's part and parcel of the same.

Also, I don't think "reforms" needs to be in quotes. Even if you don't like the direction they take things, they clearly represent a change in substance, so reforms fits regardless.