Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

November 30, 2009 16:24 ET

Media Advisory: Canadian Labour Congress Secretary-Treasurer Joins Mexican Fact-Finding Tour

Tens of thousands of electrical workers illegally fired

OTTAWA, OTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 30, 2009) - The Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian Labour Congress, Hassan Yussuff, will be among Canadian and American trade union leaders undertaking a labour rights fact-finding trip to Mexico on November 30 - December 2.

The Mexican government has dissolved a public electrical utility in the Mexico City area and fired 44,000 workers. The labour movements in Mexico, Canada and the United States believe this is an illegal assault on SME, the Mexican Electrical Workers Union, which held a collective contract, and that Mexico is contravening the labour agreement attached to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

Yussuff will be accompanied by representatives of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the United Steelworkers (USW) and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers= Union (CEP), as well as officials from the AFL-CIO. The delegation has requested a meeting with the Labour Minister and will meet with Mexican union representatives, members of the Mexican Congress, and with officials from the Canadian and U.S. embassies. The delegation will convene a news conference in Mexico City on Wednesday, December 2.

WHO: Hassan Yussuff, Secretary-treasurer, CLC
Officials from CUPE, USW, CEP and the AFL-CIO

WHAT: Fact finding tour regarding Mexican labour rights

WHEN: Monday, Nov. 30-Wednesday, December 2
News conference on December 2, 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: Mexico City
Hotel Casablanca, La Fragua No. 7
Guadalupe Suite (6th floor)

The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, represents 3.2 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings together Canada's national and international unions along with the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 130 district labour councils. Web site:

Contact Information

  • Sheila Katz, travelling with the delegation:
    (011 52) 55 1151 5473 or 613-866-7432
    Dennis Gruending, Communications
    613-526-7431 or 613-878-6040