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Numsa pickets Mexican embassy for justice

30 November 2006, Posted in Press Releases

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) is set to stage mass demonstrations on Mexican Embassy in Pretoria on December 11, 2006.

This call is in the spirit of International Human Rights Day(December 10) and forms part of the worldwide protest action against Mexican government’s gross labour rights violations against the general secretary of the International Metalworkers Federation (IMF) affiliated Mexican mineworkers and metalworkers union, Napoleon Gomez.

Gomez, a democratically elected leader of the SNTMMSRM was forcibly removed by government and replaced by a government appointee. And, as part of the IMF executive commitment to support Gomez and unions in Mexico, IMF affiliates will participate in the call for an end to suppression of union rights at Mexican embassies around the world.

Mexican government action was in response to Gomez’s attack on government and the mining company following a tragic mine accident that left 65 miner dead.

Employment relationships for most workers in Mexico are becoming increasingly precarious as government allows companies to set up unions where workers will assume “compulsory membership” in those unions. Independent unions are not recognized and cannot negotiate wage and employment conditions for their members. There are also no long-term employment contracts in Mexico.

Numsa plans to organize buses to ferry thousands of its members from three regions including Ekurhuleni, Wits Central West and Hlanganani, to participate in the protest marches, on Monday, December 11, 2006 at 10 am in Brooklyn’s Duncan Street, Pretoria, Numsa international sector coordinator Hlokoza Mohau said yesterday.

Numsa is making preparation to show its displeasure at severe restrictions of union rights in Mexico where civil servants and contract workers have no right to organize for strike action.

For more information contact Mziwakhe Hlangani, National information officer at 082 940 7116.