Mexican Workers Show—United We Win!

For the past month, tens of thousands of Mexican workers have been striking, and winning. A mass strike, outside the union structures, broke out Jan. 12 in the city of Matamoras, across the border from Brownsville, Texas. Following a decree by the new Mexican President ALMO doubling the minimum wage in the maquiladoras factories, workers began demanding that employers double the wages of all workers, as is guaranteed by their (rarely enforced) contracts. Mass meetings with representation from over 40 factories, mostly auto parts suppliers, called workers out on strike. Within a few days 70,000 workers, nearly half those in the Matamoras maquiladoras were on strike.

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