Sep 28, 2012

Mexico workers protest labor overhaul bill

LA Times: Workers oppose a bill that would change workplace and union rules, saying their rights are at risk. The bill's failure would be a blow to President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto. By Tracy Wilkinson and Cecilia Sanchez.

MEXICO CITY — Mexicans took to the streets Wednesday to protest a proposed law that is aimed at modernizing rules in the workplace and making Mexico's powerful, corrupt unions more accountable.

The protests represent an early salvo against the incoming government of President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto, who promised broad reforms to stimulate the economy but who may encounter in the workers and their unions an insurmountable challenge.

Many workers say they fear that the so-called labor reform law would be abused to curtail the few protections they have. And the dinosaurian, notoriously undemocratic unions have long had a cozy, mutually beneficial relationship with Peña Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, and they will resist change that could cut into their power. Read more.

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