Mexico ratifies ILO Convention No. 98

Mexico ratifies ILO Convention No. 98

Justice at last as Mexico ratifies ILO Convention 98. In an historic moment for Mexico’s union movement, the Mexican Senate has unanimously ratified International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention No. 98, which guarantees the right to organize and collective bargaining.

"This country has a longstanding social debt towards the working class, but from now on things are going to change,” said Napoleón Gómez Urrutia during the congressional session on 20 September 2018.

“Now that the Convention has been ratified, workers across Mexico will begin rebuilding labour relations in order to win back the rights of workers, ensure freedom of association and allow workers to set up trade unions and conduct genuine collective bargaining," added Urrutia, who is a senator for the National Regeneration Movement (Morena) party led by President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrado. He is also president of IndustriALL Global Union’s affiliate Los Mineros and co-regional chair of IndustriALL’s Executive Committee.

ILO Convention No. 98 was adopted in Geneva on 1 July 1949, and since 1998, has formed part of the four fundamental employment rights set forth in the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work .

Owing to international pressure, particularly from IndustriALL, the ratification bill signed by the Federal Government entered the Senate on 1 December 2015.

However, the Mexican government dragged its feet for three long years, bowing to pressure from those who sought to increase the number of employer protection contracts that are signed by companies behind workers’ backs and further exploit the Mexican workforce.

Over the years, through case […]

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