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Mexican unions launching new federation

MEXICAN unions will create a new trade union federation tomorrow, the International Democratic Trade Union Confederation (CSID), to “occupy a vacuum” and help in the transformation to democracy and the defence of workers’ rights.

Led by Mexican metal and mineworkers’ union general secretary Napoleon Gomez, the CSID will bring together state federations that came out of the Confederation of Workers of Mexico (CTM), unions of the Revolutionary Confederation of Workers and Peasants (CROC), as well as independent organisations. 

The founding conference will take place today with a list of organisations ready to join the new organisation.

There is a waiting list of groups ready to join the organisation once its founding meeting takes place today.

Mr Gomez, who is also a senator in Mexico and chairman of the Labour Commission, foresees a “natural growth” and the formation of “an umbrella organisation equivalent to the Labour Congress. 

“I believe, as the President of Mexico Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has said, that we are going to change this world of work based on conviction, democracy, freedom and trying to avoid shocks,” Mr Gomez said.
 
“The workers’ sector is totally divided, polarised and full of confrontation. We need to defend the fundamental rights of workers: free, secret and direct voting, the right to choose the organisations they want to belong to and their leaders. Freedom without reprisals, without threats, without blackmail.”

He explained that the new organisation will be based on a “more modern, free, democratic, open vision” with direct consultations and elections to key positions and “a vision of restoring the world of work and changing the failed employment policy of the past years, under which the wages of the workers have been totally contained and repressed.”

Mr Gomez added: “This is an important change that will be generated with a modern long-term vision, committed to the rights of workers, to Mexico and to all government policies that go in the same direction.

“There are several federations in the states, about 10, some that have left the Confederation of Workers of Mexico, and there are independent unions. 

“Many await the formal constitution of the CSID to join and create an umbrella organisation for the entire labour sector, probably equivalent to the Labour Congress.”

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