The Empire Strikes Back: Multinational Corporations, Local Authorities and Sham Unions Collude to Stonewall Workers’ Struggle for Better Working Conditions in Mexico

By: Daniel Rangel, Rethink Trade Research Director
You don’t need to be particularly sharp to notice that Mexican authorities purposefully left for last virtually every state that shares a border with the United States by lumping them together in the third phase of implementation. These are the states where most export-oriented Mexican maquiladora factories are located and where workers have fought for decades against the prevalence of nefarious working conditions and artificially low wages.
Workers, outraged by the actions of their employer, refused to carry on with their daily tasks for over a week. Stoppages have been halted in the hopes that the April 21–22 vote is fair and transparent and, above all, workers’ will is respected.