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Mexican Electrical Union Calls for National Strike
Dan La Botz
October 24, 2009
Leaders of the besieged Mexican Electrical Workers Union (SME) are calling on other unions throughout Mexico to mount a national strike to force the government to revoke its liquidation of the Light and Power Company. The union called for a strike after walking out of negotiations with the government, talks leaders characterized as a "farce."
On the night of October 10, President Felipe Calderon ordered federal police to seize power plants in and around Mexico City, while he dissolved the state-owned Light and Power Company and fired the entire workforce of 43,000.
The takeover wiped out the legal existence of an independent union that had been one of the leading forces against the government's corporate-friendly agenda. About 22,000 retirees and 1,500 union technical school trainees were also affected.
The union is making legal and legislative attempts to overturn the government's action but cannot strike itself because its members have been evicted from the workplace.
At this moment 5,000 federal police, backed up by at least 10,000 police reserves and 3,000 military officers, hold more than 100 power facilities.
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