Note published in Periódico Central, in the Estado [State] section by the Editorial Department
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The Puebla chapter of the Employers’ Confederation of the Mexican Republic (Coparmex) urged the Volkswagen Independent Union of Automotive Industry Workers (Sitiavw) to desist from its expectation of a 12% salary increase requested for this 2020.
In a statement, the business leadership expressed its opinion that the requests for a salary increase of the Collective Bargaining Agreement were disproportionate with current conditions, created by the coronavirus pandemic,
Coparmex said that it would be irresponsible of the union to stop activities after months of being paralyzed and within a few weeks of returning to their activities and striving to have an income once again.
If the lack of sensitivity of the assembly plant´s employees and their union leaders should lead them to a situation in which a strike broke out in the assembly plant, conditions in the state of Puebla would become even worse”.
They recalled that Volkswagen de México was one of the few companies that kept its workers, and that it has hired more than 700 temporary workers in support to the portion of its personnel that is a part of the covid-19.vulnerable population.
This last August 14, the Sitiavw had already presented its calendar for standing watch in the event that they did not reach an agreement in regard to salaries and they went ahead with the strike.