Mexico

Posted: April 30, 2011
By: Clay Cerny

David Bacon, a writer for In These Times, explores how the Mexican government is “reforming” laws that protect workers.  Funded by business interests that defeated presidential candidate Andres Manual Lopez Obrador calls “oligarchs,” Mexican politicians would give employers the right to hire employees on 6 month probationary periods.  Workers would also lose their protections for a 40 hour week and a minimum wage.  According to the CIA, half of Mexico’s population lives in poverty with 20 percent living in extreme poverty.  These new laws will not make working Mexicans more secure.  However, they will enable employers to hammer wages, which will make the rich richer.  Where have we heard that before?  Somewhere, the Koch brothers and their friends are smiling.