In Mexico, 490,000 collective labor contracts will be canceled for not complying with the legitimation process: specialists

Note published on march 13, 2022, on The Canadian News, in the News Section, by The Canadian News.
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At the national level, 490,000 will be canceled collective bargaining agreementssince being protective, they will not comply with the legitimation process which ends in May 2023, leaving only 10,000 legitimate, specialists estimated.

“The trend in the legitimization of collective labor contracts indicates that there will be no more than 10,000 who will submit to the vote of the workers. It is natural, the vast majority were signed, in the past, without representation of the unions”, said the president of the National Union of Jurists of Mexico, Paul Frank.

He stressed that it would be a serious mistake if the labor authorities seek to extend the term to comply with this union obligation, which is part of Chapter 23 of the USMCAsince 4 years were established to carry it out, through the secret and direct free vote of the workers.

In that sense, “on May 2, 2023, around 400,000 collective agreements will have to be declared terminated by law, since they are not put to the vote.”

Data from Federal Center for Conciliation and Labor Registration (CFCRL) indicate that only 3,300 collective bargaining agreements have already complied with the legitimation process, where 1.2 million workers were consulted and 30 contracts were cancelled.

An analysis of the Labor Business School provides that union organizations will not carry out the legitimization of their contracts, “which puts companies at risk, who in their areas of labor relations or human resources, will have to be vigilant in the new processes, and in the organization assumed by the workers from the time the collective contracts are terminated,” he explained. Oscar de la Vega.

De la Vega stated that not even 10% of the legitimation of contracts will be reached by May 2023; so around 490,000 will be cancelled, and even those that have been voted for “No” legitimation, he said, “it has not been for lack of planning by the unions who have the title; what we have seen is a vote of punishment; the situation that was operating in 20 or 30 years, in which there was no accountability.

The independent trade unionism is a reality”.

He highlighted that while United States the unionization rate is going down, those union organizations that now have a presence in Mexico, “have seen with great interest some sectors in our country, such as the automotive industry; in addition to an extraordinary beta for that american unionismwhich do not come to improve the conditions of the Mexican workersbut their ultimate goal is to discourage American investment in the country”.

Most of the companies have “chocolate” unions, they are unions that have lived in the shadow of the employer, “they receive their annual or monthly dues, they have zero structure, the only role was to sit down once a year to sign a review, but this is over; now the big question is, and we are late, if you have a union that is democratic or better stay in an environment without a union”.