Mexico (May. 2018): The General Secretary of the Workers Confederation of Mexico (CTM), Carlos Aceves del Olmo, declared that the National Commission on Minimum Wages (CONASAMI) will meet by the end of this month to set the increase that was pending to level such kind of incomes. He expects the news to be announced in June 1. The Congress of Labour (CT) requested the increase to reach Mx $ 110 pesos per day, however, part of the private sector proposes to set it at Mx $ 98 pesos and the other maintains some reserve because it considers that the adjustment is inflationary.
Mexico (May. 2018): The Federal Conciliation and Arbitration Labour Board condemned the Miner’s Union to the payment of US $55 million dollars to thousands of workers who rendered services for ‘Minera Cananea’. After seven years of trial, the Federal Labour Board resolved the claims filed by several groups of workers who alleged that the resources deposited in their favour by ‘Grupo Mexico’ in a trust were never delivered to them. The Miner’s Union may still file an Appeal Proceeding (Juicio de Amparo) so that a Federal Collegiate Court reviews the case. Napoleon Gomez Urrutia, ex leader of the Miner’s Union (currently the Union’s President), is running for the Senate in the ticket of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, from ‘Morena’, the survey’s leading candidate for Mexico’s Presidential Elections of next July 1st. If Lopez Obrador wins the Presidential Elections and Gomez Urrutia is back in Mexico as Senator, a more active union landscape will be created across the country.
The Ministry of Economics is pleased with the Senate’s approval of the Integral and Progressist Treaty of the Trans-Pacific Association (‘TPP-11’). The new treaty will become effective within 60 days following the approval and notification of either 6 or 50 percent of the signatory countries. According to the Ministry, TPP-11’s approval will strengthen Mexico’s commercial leadership across the globe.
The secondary law on labor matters, aimed to implement the constitutional reform published in the Official Gazette on February 24, 2017, is still pending for the Senate’s discussion and approval. On the other hand, within the context of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)’s renegotiations, the United States of America and Canada have severely criticized Mexico due to its low salaries, the existence of ‘non-active CBAs’ or ‘drawer contracts’, the lack of a real union representation and the absence of independent labor justice, all wrongful trade practices that have refrained the labor reform. According to the President of the Senate’s Labor and Social Security Commission, an extraordinary session period is expected to have place between July and August 2018 for the labor law to be approved, and the replacement of Conciliation and Arbitration Labor Boards by labor courts will be gradual.
On March 8, in Santiago de Chile, Australia, Brunei-Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Mexico executed again the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) after the United States withdrew from it.
Roberto Campa Cifrian, who substituted Alfonso Navarrete Prida as Minister of Labor and Social Welfare, appointed 13 new officers and ratified 4 more, who will integrate his team.
Since Feburary 1, 2018 the new value of the Unit for Measure and Update (UMA) will be Mx $80.60 pesos daily, Mx $2,450.24 pesos monthly and Mx $29,402.88 pesos yearly.
On December 7, 2017, Senators Tereso Medina and Isaias Gonzalez submitted a bill for the Senate’s approval which creates the Federal Institute for Conciliation and Labor Registrations and amends several ordinances on labor justice
The Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare is working on a project to create the National Agency on Health and Safety at the workplace which purpose is to strengthen the actions to prevent work hazards and protect the employees while performing their duties
The National Commission for Minimum Wages (CONASAMI) used the Independent Recovery Amount (MIR) and increased the general minimum daily wage (Mx $80.04 pesos) in Mx $5.00 pesos. Over the new amount (Mx $85.04 pesos) the 3.9% increase was anticipated, with what starting on December 1, 2017 the general minimum daily wage will be Mx $88.36 pesos. On the other hand, the professional minimum wages in force since December 1, 2017 were also increased in 3.9 %.