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La Jornada: ArcelorMittal: Dialogue wins

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hey resume your activities Lazaro Cárdenas, the steel company based in Michoacán, reached an agreement after yesterday at the negotiating table established at the Mexican Republic’s National Union of Mining, Metallurgical, Steel and Similar Workers and the company ArcelorMittal Mexico Ministry of Labor and Welfare. According to the leader of the miners and senator of Morena, Napoleon Gómez Urrutia, the conflict ended. A victory for the mining union and its workers after a lengthy and complicated negotiation process, which required breaking the strike in defense of a constitutional right the owners were intended to avoid.,

The mining union said in a statement that This is an unprecedented achievement in a class with a history of more than 40 years, which would not have been possible without the unity, determination and strength of the comrades and comrades who make up this militant class.,

3,500 members of section 271 of the mining union began a strike on Wednesday Violation of Collective Bargaining Agreement and lack of agreements on profit sharing. While Indian Capital Transnational estimated that paying 5 per cent of covered profits as of May 30 is in strict compliance with the legal limit established in federal labor law, union members said it is their right to receive 10 per cent for that concept, Rejected the offer of an additional single bonus for the amount of about 200 thousand pesos per employee, and six months of work.

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It should be welcomed that the industry of strategic importance is resuming production due to its impact on many sectors of the economy, especially at a time when it is already grappling with disruption of supply chains, persistent inflation and stagnant inflation. facing challenges. There is a latent but no less worrying prospect of a recession. Similarly, the resolution of differences between the workers and employers parties should be welcomed, for a solution acceptable to both sides was found, and for the fact that the brief conflict was resolved peacefully, through dialogue and together. Positive role of officers.

It is imperative to compare this outcome with the tragic outcome of the strike at the Lazaro Cardenas steel mill in April 2006, when the plant was owned by other owners and the federal government was occupied by Vicente Fox. As members of section 271 were denounced at the time, the Fox administration reacted to the labor movement by ignoring union leadership and ordering the deployment of 800 federal and state police officers, in an operation that not only cleaned facilities. It failed in its objective of crushing the strike, but also resulted in the death of two people. and a hundred injured, many of them seriously, as well as a building and about thirty vehicles burned.

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The disparity in results between that experience and this week is a reminder that repression cannot be a response to labor conflicts or any other nature, and can be achieved when there is the will of the parties and the cooperation of the authorities. Beneficial agreements for both those directly involved and the rest of society.

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