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Three hundred thousand workers marched in Mexico City to condemn the Mexican President’s decision to close the public energy plant Luz y Fuerza and to support the Mexican Electrical Workers Union.

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·       At midnight on Saturday, October 10th, thousands of federal police took control of the public energy company, replacing the electrical workers at their workstations.
·       After violent attacks, surprises, and worker resistance, the Mexican government fired forty-five thousand workers and privatized the energy company.
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TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION!!!
 
Ø     SAY NO TO ENERGY PRIVATIZATION!!!
Ø     CONDEMN THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT’S ATTACKS AGAINST FREEDOM OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING – SUPPORT WORKERS’ LABOR RIGHTS!!
Ø     SUPPORT THE MEXICAN ELECTRICAL WORKERS UNION (SME) IN THEIR RESISTANCE!!
Ø     SUPPORT THE MEXICAN LABOR MOVEMENT!!
Ø     SHOW YOUR SUPPORT BY WRITING LETTERS CONDEMNING THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT’S ATTACKS!
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Background: At midnight on Saturday, October 10th, thousands of federal police took over the Luz y Fuerza del Centro public energy plant in Mexico City. The police forcefully evicted the workers and replaced them at their workstations. Immediately after, the Mexican government announced that the public company would no longer exist and that forty five thousand workers would be laid off.
 
The Mexican Electrical Workers Union (SME) has been a member of the CJM Board of Directors since 2000.  They have been the most combative union, resisting and fighting against neoliberal policies and the Mexican government’s attempts to privatize energy and oil, and have strongly opposed labor law reforms.
 
The Mexican Electrical Workers Union (SME) held union elections last summer, but the Mexican government refused to recognize their union. It is obvious that by closing the plant, the Mexican government is not just privatizing energy, but also dismantling the strongest opposition to privatization and neoliberal policies. Moreover, they are also dismantling the right to a job, to collective bargaining, and to the freedom of association, as established in the Mexican Constitution and in Mexican Labor Law.
 
In the same way the Mexican government has been violating the labor rights of workers affiliated with the Mexican Electrical Workers Union, multinational corporations have been violating the rights of the workers in the private sector in the maquiladoras located on the northern border of Mexico.  The TRW workers in Reynosa are one example. All these violations have become part of life since the implementation of NAFTA and the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP). But, the Mexican government is dismantling the Mexican Electrical Workers Union (SME) for being the strongest opposition to neoliberal policies and because they have been the strongest example of unionism in the labor movement.
 
Please write a letter to the following email addresses and send a copy to the Mexican Electrical Workers Union (SME) at sinmexel@sme.org.mx and to CJM at cjm_martha@igc.org(Sample below).
 
1.      Felipe Calderón Hinojosa-  President of Mexico: felipe.calderon@presidencia.gob.mx
2.      Fernando Gomez Mont- Secretary of the Interior: secretario@segob.gob.mx
3.      Francisco Javier Lozano Alarcón- Secretary of Labor and Welfare:
4.      Francisco Ramírez Acuña – Speaker of the House:
5.      Carlos Navarrete Ruiz – Senate Majority Leader: cnavarrete@senado.gob.mx
6.      Honorable Guillermo I. Ortiz Mayagoitia- Justice of the Supreme Court:
 
 
SAMPLE LETTER
 
President Felipe Calderon
President
Mexico City, Mexico
 
 
Dear Mr. President,
 
We have learned that more than three hundred thousand workers marched October 15th in support of the Electrical Workers Union’s (SME) demands. The protesters were condemning the occupation of the company by federal police and the Mexican government’s decision to close the company and lay off more than forty-five thousand workers.
 
We have also learned that on Saturday, October 10th, thousands of federal police took over the facilities of the public energy company Luz y Fuerza and evicted thousands of workers affiliated with the Electrical workers Union (SME), replacing them at their work stations. Later your government announced that the company will no longer exist and that the workers will be laid off.
 
Your government is acting like the multinational corporations located on the northern border of Mexico, companies like TRW in Reynosa, because your actions are attacking the unions’ autonomy and workers’ rights.
 
We are aware that the SME held union elections last summer and your government refused to recognize their union. With these actions your government is violating the right to collective bargaining and to freedom of association as established in the Mexican Constitution and Mexican Labor Law.
 
We urge you to reverse the decision to close the Luz y Fuerza Energy Company and declare that the forty-five thousand workers be reinstated immediately.  We insist that you recognize SME as the union representing these workers, respect the SME’s union autonomy, and respect the collective contract existing between the SME union and the Luz y Fuerza company.  
 
We will be closely watching the development of the SME Electrical Workers Union struggle.
 
 
Respectfully,
Name
 
 

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