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FNS: Mexican Officials State that US Unions Want to Destabilize Mexican Unions

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    Mexican Officials State that US Unions Want to Destabilize Mexican Unions February 28, 2001 Jesús Mendoza Reyes, secretary general of the Matamoros union
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 1, 2001
      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
      http://www.nmsu.edu/~frontera/sep00/feat2.html
      ]

      Source: El Mañana, February 24, 2001. Article by Mauro L. de la Fuente
      Loayzat.  

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