Oct 29, 2012

Mexican labor reform bill faces delay after dispute

* Law could be stalled after dispute over union transparency

* PRI leader says sections of the bill could be passed

By Miguel Gutierrez

(Reuters) Oct 25, 2012 MEXICO CITY - Mexico's efforts to carry out the biggest overhaul of its labor laws in four decades face delay after the party of incoming President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Thursday a dispute over the bill meant more time was needed to consider it.

The leader in the lower house of Congress of Pena Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, said the bill no longer needed to be voted on by the end of October after the Senate insisted on changes to the proposal this week.

"We're going to give ourselves enough days and weeks to carry out the aim of harmonizing this law," PRI lower house leader Manlio Fabio Beltrones told reporters.

Presented by outgoing President Felipe Calderon at the start of September, the proposed law contains a raft of measures, including changes that would make it easier for firms to hire and fire workers and shorten labor disputes. Calderon was taking advantage of a new provision that allows the president to try to fast-track legislation through Congress in two months. Read more. 

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