Fwd: Split in Mexico Labor Federation?

Jonupstny at aol.com Jonupstny at aol.com
Sat Jun 15 21:32:00 MDT 1996


In a message dated 96-06-14 21:34:18 EDT, newman at garnet.berkeley.edu (Nathan
Newman) writes:

>
>This posting has been forwarded to you as a service of
>Accion Zapatista de Austin.
>
>---------- Forwarded message ----------
>Date: Wed, 12 Jun 1996 23:32:25 -0400 (EDT)
>From: Victor O. Story <story at kutztown.edu>
>Subject: (fwd) Battle heats up for control of Mexican unions (fwd)
>
>         MEXICO CITY (Reuter) - Two union leaders battled for control
>of Mexico's labor movement Tuesday in a war of words that
>threatens to end the cozy relations the government has long
>enjoyed with the country's workforce.
>         Francisco Hernandez Juarez, head of the 50,000-strong
>telephone workers, said in an interview with Reuters he was
>forging ahead with plans to set up a union umbrella group this
>year.
>         But opposing him was Fidel Velazquez, 96-year-old patriarch
>of the labor movement, who Monday branded Hernandez Juarez ``a
>traitor'' and Tuesday took steps to have him thrown out of the
>Labor Congress, the country's largest umbrella of union
>confederations.
>         Hernandez Juarez is a founder of the 2.2 million-strong
>''Forum'' of independent unions -- a fast-growing platform he is
>planning to build into a super-union where leaders are
>democratically elected, ties with the ruling party are shorn and
>workers are free to challenge economic policy.
>         But his plans come at an awkward time for the government,
>which is struggling to drag Mexico out of its worst recession in
>50 years with a minimum of worker unrest.
>         Restrained by Velazquez, workers have been kept mostly in
>line. In May, however, rebellious teachers staged a string of
>protests in the capital that rattled financial markets.
>         Hernandez Juarez says he understands their frustrations.
>         ``In a country that in 1995 lost all the one million jobs
>created in 1994 ... you can't expect workers to feel satisfied,
>and less when they see their unions don't respond to them,'' he
>said.
>         He is also clearly fed up with politics as usual after
>decades of unconditional union support for the Institutional
>Revolutionary Party (PRI) that has ruled Mexico for 67 years.
>         But he shrugged off Velazquez' saber-rattling, saying
>several key unions have pledged to follow the telephone workers
>out of the Labor Congress if they are expelled.
>         ``If he carries through his threats, it'll lead to the
>crumbling of the Labor Congress,'' Hernandez Juarez said.


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Date: Wed, 12 Jun 1996 23:32:25 -0400 (EDT)
From: Victor O. Story <story at kutztown.edu>
Subject: (fwd) Battle heats up for control of Mexican unions (fwd)

         MEXICO CITY (Reuter) - Two union leaders battled for control
of Mexico's labor movement Tuesday in a war of words that
threatens to end the cozy relations the government has long
enjoyed with the country's workforce.
         Francisco Hernandez Juarez, head of the 50,000-strong
telephone workers, said in an interview with Reuters he was
forging ahead with plans to set up a union umbrella group this
year.
         But opposing him was Fidel Velazquez, 96-year-old patriarch
of the labor movement, who Monday branded Hernandez Juarez ``a
traitor'' and Tuesday took steps to have him thrown out of the
Labor Congress, the country's largest umbrella of union
confederations.
         Hernandez Juarez is a founder of the 2.2 million-strong
''Forum'' of independent unions -- a fast-growing platform he is
planning to build into a super-union where leaders are
democratically elected, ties with the ruling party are shorn and
workers are free to challenge economic policy.
         But his plans come at an awkward time for the government,
which is struggling to drag Mexico out of its worst recession in
50 years with a minimum of worker unrest.
         Restrained by Velazquez, workers have been kept mostly in
line. In May, however, rebellious teachers staged a string of
protests in the capital that rattled financial markets.
         Hernandez Juarez says he understands their frustrations.
         ``In a country that in 1995 lost all the one million jobs
created in 1994 ... you can't expect workers to feel satisfied,
and less when they see their unions don't respond to them,'' he
said.
         He is also clearly fed up with politics as usual after
decades of unconditional union support for the Institutional
Revolutionary Party (PRI) that has ruled Mexico for 67 years.
         But he shrugged off Velazquez' saber-rattling, saying
several key unions have pledged to follow the telephone workers
out of the Labor Congress if they are expelled.
         ``If he carries through his threats, it'll lead to the
crumbling of the Labor Congress,'' Hernandez Juarez said.




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