When over 40,000 electrical workers were fired in 2009 by the Mexican government in order to privatize the company and liquidate the Mexican Electrical Workers Union (SME), CUPE members responded in solidarity by participating in a delegation to Mexico and sending financial support to the union and as part of the Tri-National Energy Sector working group.
The Mexican government has systematically and repeatedly violated Mexican law and international standards to crush independent trade unions. Now UNI Global Unions are calling for days of action on the anniversary of the massive explosion at a mine in northern Mexico that killed 65 members of the Mexican Miners’ Union five years ago.
Workers around the world will be taking part in actions set for February 14 to 19 to demand that the Mexican government respect the right to freedom of association and stop the campaigns of persecution.
In Canada, demonstrations of support have been organized in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver.
Details about the rally in each city
Toronto: rally at the Mexican Consulate, 199 Bay Street, on February 14 at 1:00 p.m.
Montreal: rally at the Mexican Consulate, 2055 Peel Street, on February 15 at 11:30 a.m.
Ottawa: rally at the Mexican Embassy, 45 O’Connor Street, on February 15 at 3:00 p.m.
Vancouver: rally at the Mexican Consulate, Harbour Green Park, West Cordova & Bute, on February 17 at 10:30 a.m.
You can help!
- Write a letter to Mexican President Felipe Calderon using the online form on the LabourStart Website.
Follow the events on your social networks
Twitter: follow the events on twitter using the hashtag #mexicoaction.
Facebook: join the facebook causes page for Mexico: Defend Trade Union Rights.