APALA-DC members took part in the Global Days of Action today, joining union activists and leaders from CWA, AFSCME and other labor unions in front of the Mexican Embassy to call on the Mexican government to defend trade union rights. Across the country, efforts are being made by the AFL-CIO, USW, UAW and allies throughout the week in the following cities: Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Portland, Raleigh NC, San Francisco, Tucson, and New Orleans.
The Global Days of Action commemorates the fifth anniversary of the explosion at Grupo Mexico’s Pasta de Conchos coal mine that killed 65 workers, of which 63 remained buried, on February 19, 2006. To this day, families of the victims have not been adequately uncompensated. The Global Days of Action campaign calls upon the Mexican government to hold those responsible for the Pasta de Conchos accountable and to take steps to ensure worker rights, including: ending the company-backed “protection contracts” that establish undemocratic unions and prevent freedom of association, stopping the use of violence by the state or private parties to repress the formation of democratic unions, ensuring better wages and working conditions, and putting an end to the political persecution levied against the Mexican Miners’ and Metalworkers’ Union (SNTMMSRM) and the Mexican Electrical Workers’ Union (SME).
Print-ready posters and model letters can be downloaded at: www.imfmetal.org/Mexico2012