· The president stressed the need to move towards a 21st century labor law to raise productivity, economic competitiveness and the quality of life of Mexican families.

· There will be a thorough review of all the legal framework related to the delivery of labor justice in the dialogues for Everyday Justice, he said.

· There has not been a single strike within federal jurisdiction in 25 months. Not since 1917 has there been such a long period without strikes, he said.

· The president participated in the 19th Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor of the Organization of American States.

· The Mexican government has taken very significant steps to contribute to labor peace and advance an agenda of social inclusion: OAS

During his participation in the 19th Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor of the Organization of American States (OAS), President Enrique Peña Nieto, said today that, "An effective, prompt labor justice will allow us, as a nation, to provide legal certainty for workers and employers, and thereby increase both productivity and economic competitiveness, and the quality of life  of Mexican families.”

We are determined to undertake a thorough review of the Labor Justice System, including the transformation and modernization of the Conciliation and Arbitration Boards at the federal and state levels, he said.

"We are determined to carry out the changes to ensure that their operation is updated in accordance with the principles of legality, transparency, accountability, fairness, equity and efficiency," he said.

He stressed the need to advance, as a next step, “Towards a modern, agile and effective 21st century labor justice.”

The president said that on the basis of the announcement of the Dialogues for Everyday Justice, “We will conduct a thorough review of all the legal framework related to the delivery of labor justice.”

He noted that on the basis of the results of this consultation exercise, “It will be possible to submit a bill to Congress to reform Labor Justice in the next regular session, which begins on February 1 and ends on April 30, 2016.”

He recalled that while labor reform has allowed the labor market to be more flexible and efficient, in many cases, conflict resolution between workers and employers in the courts is still slow, expensive and inaccessible.

As an example, he mentioned that there are cases in which workers’ legal representatives seek to unnecessarily postpone labor cases, not to benefit the interested party but rather to make litigation more expensive and make a profit at the expense of workers or firms.

President Peña Nieto declared that through labor reform, “Mexico has introduced new forms of flexible hiring schemes with mandatory testing or initial training. By reducing the rigidity of the labor market, young people now have more opportunities to secure employment even if they have no prior experience.”

Noting that Mexico promotes programs and activities to encourage the development of a modern, productive, formal and inclusive labor sector, he said that labor reform, “Also established measures to improve the employment conditions of working mothers.”

With regard to the disabled, he continued, “Workplaces with a workforce of over 50 employees must now ensure accessibility for all employees. The reform also includes new transparency and accountability mechanisms for the registration of trade unions, the election of its directors and the establishment of collective bargaining agreements.”

The president declared that nowadays in Mexico, “The exercise of workers’ personal, free, direct and secret vote during the counting process to determine those who will be responsible for a collective bargaining agreement is now protected.” Mexican legislation has eliminated the Exclusion due to Separation Clause, in which a worker who ceased to be a member of a union could be removed from office at the request of the union responsible for his collective bargaining agreement.”

He said that in these three years of government, “We have implemented Labor Reform, like all the others. This joint effort by workers, employers and authorities has yielded positive results”:

-  · There has not been a single strike by federal jurisdiction in 25 months. There had not been such a long period without strikes since 1917.

President Peña Nieto acknowledged the production factors, workers and employers, “Because it is they who in this climate of harmony, civility, understanding and shared vision, have allowed us to avoid having federal jurisdiction strikes.”

-  Productivity bonuses have been included in more than three thousand collective labor contracts.

-  The number of formal workers has grown by more than 1.7 million. "As I have said elsewhere, this is the highest figure for a similar three years of a presidential administration, of the last five in our country.”

-  For the first time in the history of Mexico, there is a single minimum wage for the whole country.

-  In three years of government, the number of children engaged in child labor has fallen by half a  million.

  Work-related deaths recorded an average decline of 14 percent between 2012 and 2014.

He said these, “Are just some of the signs of how we are working in Mexico to increase productivity, competitiveness and the welfare of workers and their families.”

THE OAS will continue to support the labor agenda in the region: NEIL PARSAN

Ambassador Neil Parsan, representative of the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) highlighted the organization’s absolute commitment to continuing to support the work agenda of the region, “Which we recognize as a real example of collaboration,” stressing that it is primarily an agenda for workers' rights.

He said that the labor agenda is an agenda of rights for employers and the development of sustainable enterprises, and a "central space for our achieving our agenda of more rights for more people in the Americas.”

He declared that the world of work is a world of permanent consultation and dialogue. He therefore welcomed the joint statement achieved by representatives of workers and employers throughout the region at this conference. The Cancun Action Plan, he added, sets out commitments for future collaboration and cooperation.

Neil Parson congratulated President Peña Nieto on his three years of government in which, “Very significant steps have been taken to contribute to labor peace and to advance an agenda of social inclusion.” It is remarkable, he stressed, that in the last 25 months, there has not  has not been a single federal strike in the country.

“This is a very interesting sign of the working environment and we hope that it will reflect a lasting path of consensus and harmony in labor federations of this thriving country," he said.

as a result of THE FORMALIZATION OF EMPLOYMENT, for the first time in history, the IMSS has more than 18 million beneficiaries: NAVARRETE PRIDA

Secretary of Labor and Social Security Alfonso Navarrete Prida, who assumed the Pro Tempore Presidency of the Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor of the OAS on behalf of Mexico, said that Mexico has recorded a steady formalization of employment with an increase in the number of members of the Mexican Social Security Institute, which, for the first time in its history, has over 18 million beneficiaries: "Never before in the history of the country have we had a more robust institution that provides an accurate reflection of the actual size of our economy, our working population and, of course, of our formalized working population, formalized, which is an act of social justice, among many others.”

He explained that this is borne out by the drop of over two points in the informal employment rate during the three years of government.

Secretary Navarrete said that if something distinguishes the labor policy of President Peña Nieto’s government it is consistency. "If there is a reduction in informality, then this will obviously be reflected in an increase in the number of formal workers affiliated to the Social Security Institute.”

He said that Mexico has also increased its productivity by two percentage points and its 5.5 income by 5.5 per cent, according to independent constitutional agencies such as the National Institute of Geography and Statistics (INEGI), the International Labour Organization, the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He added that Mexico also moved up seven slots in the global competitiveness index.


Governor of Quintana Roo Roberto Borge Angulo, said that as a result of the policies promoted by President Peña Nieto, our country is experiencing a series of transformations, designed to ensure that Mexicans have access to formal, quality jobs with benefits and full, guaranteed rights.

These transformations he said, will allow us to grow as an economy and open up the labor market to all those still in the informal sector or unemployed.

He said that these benefits have already been reflected in that state, thanks to the constant promotion of tourism by the government and its administration, in which the attraction of investments and incentives for the creation of jobs is reflected in a 9.3 percent increase in job creation in comparison with 2014.

“The public policies implemented by President Peña Nieto are proof that coordinated work between the branches of government and the orders of government can achieve agreements for the benefit of people and citizens. One example is that better conditions have been created for foreign companies to invest in Mexico, particularly in the automotive, aerospace, scientific and tourism sectors and thus generate economic benefits and new jobs,” said Borge Angulo.