· The president stressed the need to move towards a 21st century labor
law to raise productivity, economic competitiveness and the quality of life of
· 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,
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
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
- · 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
- 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
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.
THE COUNTRY IS EXPERIENCING A SERIES OF
TRANSFORMATIONS, DESIGNED to ensure that
Mexicans have formal, QUALITY JOBS: ROBERTO BORGE ANGULO
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
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.