We the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) are pleased to hear that the government of Mexico have at long last agreed to come to the negotiating table to resolve the two year conflict with our comrades in the Mexican Electrical Workers Union (SME).
The disgraceful dissolving of the electrical company Luz y Fuerza del Centro by the Mexican government was a blatant attack on the Working classes and a clear attempt at Union busting. Fortunately the Workers of the SME are heroic fighters who seem to keep standing despite your various attempts to knock them down and we are proud to stand in Solidarity with them in their calls for your government to stop violating its national and international obligations, to respect the historic collective bargaining agreement between SME and LyFC.
We urge you to immediately release the 12 prisoners still unjustly held and re-instate the 16,599 SME members who continue to resist against oppression.
We also call for a full independent investigation into the deaths of 30 Workers at the Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE, or Federal Electricity Commission) as we believe these undocumented Workers face serious risks in the Workplace due to lack of proper Health and Safety procedures being in place as well as a lack of training.
We look forward to hearing soon of more positive news on these issues.
Andy Smith, IWW BIRA International Solidarity Liaison Officer