Saturday, January 28, 2023

Metro CdMx workers see sabotage in accidents

And metal cylinder Dusty, no hoop, and two tampered screws caught the attention of factory workers. mass transit system (STC). unlike new parts or parts get maintenance, item shown at a press conference by Guillermo Calderon Aguilera, The general director of the Mexico City Metro, where he participates, opened a floodgate of phone calls and comments in the group chat Mechanics, Engineers and Drivers.

“Those screws were old, reused parts,” a workshop employee told MILENIO, before explaining that the workers who installed the parts knew when they could fail, leading to an accident. . “It is known how many months a screw or some shoes (pieces of wood that are part of the braking mechanism) last,” explains an engineer.

loss took advice from workers refer to the reasons that, according to capital authoritycaused the accident on Line 7, when two wagons Upon arrival at the Polanco station, where one of the “unusual and premeditated events” had recently been recorded, as the head of the Mexico City government called them, Claudia Sheinbaum.

After completing preliminary expert reports, Calderón Aguilera reported that during the modification of the tracks “the cylinder retaining protection ring was not found.” An STC document also stated that “one screw was found loose and another was found cut on the safety plate which prevents the central cylinder from coming out. In both cases the cylinder fell and the wagons opened”.

loss recent accidents caused some six thousand elements of the National Guard to be deployed to subway stations, a measure civil protest. Mass mobilization is expected this Friday against the measures taken by the capital’s authorities.

One of the mechanics consulted by this newsletter believes that the placement of the cylinder without the protection ring and the replaced screw are part of it. Proof This suggests that there was a “black hand” before the January 15 crash. “The case could only be carried out by employees who know the technical operation of the metro, who have access to workshops and garages,” he says.

“It’s all sabotage planned by the administration of Fernando Espino, who actually runs the administration of the metro company,” says a mechanic who has worked in the workshops for two decades.

and show that “intentional sabotage” Shopping begins when union people decide what is done Companies get contracts. From that stage, the quality of the products is established and how long they can operate under optimum conditions. One screw is not the same as the other. The union leaders also determine the quality of tow, oil and wood for the footings, he says.

visit of military engineers

Half a dozen mechanics, engineers and drivers consulted by this newspaper agree that the “unusual occurrences” are due to workers close to the union leader, Fernando Espino Arevalo, having replaced parts to impress. Guillermo Calderón, General Director of Metro.

political controversy The difference between the two characters is due to the fact that since he became director of the STM, in mid-2021, Calderón, in addition to establishing supervision mechanisms to prevent looting, reduced the budget in various items earmarked for the union, such as About twenty engines died during that theft epidemic.

That incident, criminally condemned by the local prosecutor’s office, established the possible responsibilities of employees close to Espino who may have stolen the equipment. Ticoman and Zaragoza Workshops, To smelt copper and sell it on the black market. They say other equipment was simply cleaned and then sold to Metro. The estimated cost of each engine is 500 thousand pesos.

The employees involved in the dacoity were recently promoted instead of being punished.

Sources say that the stoppage of looting has created uneasiness around the metro leader who has been pulling the strings of the union for more than four decades. “Here it is an open secret that Espino wants to knock William Calderon, We all know accidents are not accidental, they are intentional”, comments a driver who deals day after day with tunnels without lights, lack of signals and strange creaking that he fears will happen again. The time may come at any time. Accident hero.

– How is the atmosphere among metro workers these days?

-fear. We are all trapped by fear. Fear of being part of an accident, fear of something happening to us, fear of aggression from the union leader.

These days, Espino’s relatives hold daily meetings, alarmed by the presence of military engineers who, since January 12, have searched at least eleven workshops, substations, warehouses and warehouses. Outposts.

Some STC employees overtake Millennium That experts attached to the Secretary of National Defense (Cedena) have discovered that established procedures are ignored, that old parts are reused, artifacts are altered, and cables and lights are intentionally damaged Is.

They have also been able to notice that 50 per cent of the cameras are not working. Nevertheless, the workers who accompanied the military engineers assure that they had access to videos that are already in the analysis stage. The information collected will be shared with the capital authorities and eventually, form part of the investigation folder that Attorney General of Justice of Mexico City.

When Calderón reached the direction of the Metro, a dissident leader of the official union assured, the companies affiliated with Espino lost contracts, especially in the areas of spare parts, fumigation, medical service and uniforms, as well as considerable budget cuts. assign to fall function Union member.

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