Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

October 26, 2011 09:58 ET

Media Advisory: Thursday News Conference to Highlight Mexican Workers' NAFTA Complaint

Mexican union members to meet with government

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 26, 2011) - A news conference Thursday morning will feature members of Mexico's Electrical Workers Union (SME) in advance of filing a complaint to the National Administrative Office (NAO) of Canada under the North American Agreement on Labour Cooperation (NAALC) – the labour side deal of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

The Mexican union, along with the Canadian Labour Congress and 80 Canadian and other international unions and non-government organizations, is officially submitting the complaint based on events in Mexico that include the Mexican government's use of soldiers in 2009 to invade and shut down the Mexico City Electrical Generation plant, terminating 44,000 workers along with their collective agreement.

The complaint says that the Mexican government has failed to enforce basic labour rights enshrined in the labour side agreement of NAFTA and is using delay tactics to prevent redress.

WHO: Hassan Yussuff, Secretary-treasurer, Canadian Labour Congress
Martin Esparza Flores, SME Secretary General
Jose Humberto Montes de Oca, SME International Affairs Secretary
WHAT: News Conference on Mexican Electrical Workers Union
complaint against their government under NAFTA
WHEN: 9:30 – 10 a.m., Thursday, October 27, 2011
WHERE: Charles Lynch Room, 130-S, Centre Block
House of Commons

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. Website: www.canadianlabour.ca. Twitter: @CanadianLabour

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