They will present a labor outlook to the United States government; women organize to win union spaces

The first meeting of women trade unionists from sectors such as: mining, automotive, clothing manufacturing, domestic workers, agricultural laborers and delivery women by application began, who will also work on a common agenda to advance the problems they face in each sector and that It will be the one they present to the United States government, with whom they will meet this Tuesday.

Elizabeth Calvillo of Solidarity Center Mexico, international cooperation office that promotes labor rights, explained that there are 29 organizations from the states of Coahuila, Puebla, Guanajuato, San Luis Potosí, Baja California, Querétaro and Mexico City; who will work on a common agenda that allows progress in gender parity, but also address aspects such as the lack of social security, decent wages, contracts and that there are guarantees in freedom of association.

Currently, she said, in Mexico, “gender gaps are an unresolved problem that exacerbates inequality and social injustice,” and despite the fact that article 358, in its number two, of the Federal Labor Law (LFT)points out that the procedures for electing union leaders must be adjusted to democratic rules and gender equality, in reality parity has not yet been reached.

Imelda Jiménez, representative of the National Union of Metallurgical and Similar Mining Workers of the Mexican Republic, said that, after 86 years of union struggle, for the first time, in her organization, the first woman, Karla Álvarez Medina, came to the National Committee to lead the health and safety portfolio. “It is not easy to be a union leader, but it is not impossible.”

On her turn, Norma Palacios, collegiate general secretary of the National Union of Domestic Workers (SINACTRAHO), pointed out that there is a high risk that the opinion approved by the Senate of the Republic, in which articles of the Social Security Law are reformed and added with respect to female workers, will remain a “dead letter”. home.

“The opinion does not guarantee that we, as domestic workers, can count on the same conditions applicable to the rest of the workers for the exercise and enjoyment of the fundamental right to social security,” she said.

He added that “we want to have social security for the full month, but for that we are being conditioned to have a declared monthly salary that must exceed the value of the base contribution salary, minimum, integrated, and raised to the month of the area. geographical area that corresponds”, he explained. That is a requirement, he denounced, that the law does not require from the rest of the workers, so it is discriminatory.

Make delivery women and day laborers visible

Paola Ángel, representative of the group Not one less delivery woman, explained that food delivery women by application are a vulnerable population, because they are victims of assaults, extortion, intimidation, harassment and attempted rape.

Abilina Ramírez, representative of the National Democratic Independent Union of Farm Laborers (SINDJA), affirmed, without hesitation, that farm workers are the most vulnerable sector of the economy. “We are the people who are least talked about and have the least,” he said.

He denounced that employers evade their responsibility, because day laborers, between 5 and 7 million throughout the country, do not have social security. However, he was optimistic about the future of the union organization: “Together we do more.”

Lastly, Gonzala Ruana, on behalf of Mujeres Unidas en Defensa de las Jornaleras e Indígenas (MUDJI), invited the bosses, specifically those from Valle de San Quintín, Baja California, to open a dialogue and hold meetings to find solutions to various problems, such as unfair salary, unjustified dismissal and sexual and workplace harassment.

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