Note published in Quadratín CDMX, Nacional [National] Section by Armando Tellez Flores.
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In Hermosillo, Sonora, around 80 workers of the Holcim plant voted to determine union certification for handling the collective bargaining agreement, to define whether they continued with the union belonging to the CTM, headed by Carlos Aceves del Olmo or they switched to Napoleón Gómez Urrutia’s union, the result being a 3 to 1 defeat for the group of the latter, who is also a senator.
This company’s collective bargaining agreement has been negotiated for 11 years by the Cement Industry Workers’ Union, belonging to the Confederation of Mexican Workers (CTM) headed by Felipe de Jesús Sosa Casas.
It was informed that, over a year ago, the Mining Union, belonging to the International Confederation of Labor (CIT), headed by senator Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, started a dispute to obtain this collective bargaining agreement, without even belonging to the cement industry.
Contrary versions point out that the current agreement does not provide for the best conditions, that there are no profits and salaries are not raised. This process is being watched by international organizations and we hope that it will be resolved today, but the members of the CTM argue that that is Napoleon’s campaign.
For his part, Eduardo Espíndola, of the Cement Industry Workers’ Union mentioned that people came from other states in support and that observers from international organizations are also present.
“Everything is being conducted in accordance with what has been established. We learned that Napoleón is competing for certification for entering into the agreement, but the workers will decide, they have belonged to the Cement Industry Workers’ Union for many years, he stated.
Representatives from both confederations are present at the plant and officials from the Department of Labor and Social Welfare (STPS) are inside.
Several buses with people belonging to the CTM were present at the outskirts of the plant since the early morning hours, they stated that they were there as support for the company’s workers.
Voting for the agreement headcount started at 7 hours and the result was informed once it was completed.