FNS: Mexican Officials State that US Unions Want to Destabilize Mexican Unions
- Mexican Officials State that US Unions Want to Destabilize Mexican Unions
February 28, 2001
Jesús Mendoza Reyes, secretary general of the Matamoros union SITPME,
confirmed statements by Carlos Abascal, the secretario de Trabajo (secretary
of work), that US unions seek to destabilize Mexican unions.
Mendoza said that the problem is most common in companies established along
the border as US unions believe that Mexican jobs there should belong to
them. He also pointed out that US unions are trying to scare away investment,
particularly that which comes from the US.
Mendoza stated that Matamoros has been fortunate that problems created by
agitators have not become too serious although they have managed to give a
bad reputation to some plants established in the city.
The SITPME, through its union representatives, is alerting workers so that
they are not fooled by agitators that only want to close their plants,
according to Mendoza.
Mendoza also mentioned that in its twelve years of operations, the SITPME has
confronted at least a dozen agitators all of whom have been expelled from
Matamoros because they pose a threat to workers.
[FNS note: it's rare that a couple months go by without an article from the
Matamoros press that quotes union leaders as saying that they are protecting
their workers from US-backed agitators. For more information on this
phenomena go to the FNS archives at
Source: El Mañana, February 24, 2001. Article by Mauro L. de la Fuente
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