CLC supports week of action for Mexican workers

Demonstrations in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 02/16/2011

The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) is supporting an international week of action in defence of labour and human rights in Mexico. In Canada, there will be demonstrations in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver this week that coincide with the fifth anniversary of the death of 65 workers in an explosion in northern Mexico.

"We are expressing our concern about countless violations of the fundamental human rights of Mexican workers, and we demand that the Mexican government comply with its own laws on human and labour rights," said CLC president Ken Georgetti.

"Over the past five years, we have seen a systematic escalation in the violations of the rights of Mexican workers. These include everything from the placing of hired thugs and government security forces in the workplace, to workers being prevented from democratically choosing their leaders, to the existence of grave violations of health and safety regulations."

The CLC and its affiliated unions are joining Mexican unions in demanding the government work jointly with the country's independent trade unions to take measures that will end the repression of workers and restore their fundamental rights to freedom of association.

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