Global Days of Action in Support of Mexican Workers

February 9, 2011

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International labour federations are calling for global days of action in support of Mexican workers, who are being persecuted by multinational corporations and their own government.

Four global labour federations IMF, ICEM, ITF and UNI are calling for February 14-19 to be the week of action in support of Mexican workers.

Over the last five years, the many examples of violent attacks targeting Mexican workers and union members have mounted dramatically. One of the most egregious cases occurred in February 2006, when a fire exploded Grupo México's Pasta de Conchos coal mine, triggering a massive cave in, trapping 65 miners hundreds of meters below the earth.

Rescue efforts were stopped after only five days, when families were only a few metres away from their trapped loved ones. When Grupo México and the Mexican government halted rescue efforts they disconnected the electricity making any continuation of the search impossible. They also made it impossible to carry out a proper investigation into the cause of the mine collapse, believed by many to be illegal safety conditions in the mine.

The bodies of 63 of the 65 miners that died at the mine remain buried, the Mexican government has failed to investigate or prosecute those responsible. Their widows and families have never been properly compensated.

Violent and illegal attacks against Mexican union members and those organizing to unionize have become increasingly common, even amongst those corporations that operate in Canada, such as Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI)

Send a letter to the Mexican government in defence of trade union rights now!

A number of actions taking place in cities across the country, including Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa.  For more information on these events, please contact CAW International Director Annie Labaj at:

Follow the links below for more information and to download materials.