Mexico

Striking Mexico Farm Workers Receive U.S. Labor Support

Striking farmworkers in Mexico are receiving international support for their efforts to secure decent living and working conditions and be paid a living wage. The women and men who pick berries and vegetables for the U.S. market make about $10 a day, and they see the employers’ latest offer to increase pay by 6 percent… [READ MORE]

Mexican Senate Recognizes Human Rights Activist Ancheita

Alejandra Ancheita, founder and executive director of the Mexico City-based ProDESC (Project for Economic, Cultural and Social Rights), was recognized this week by the Mexican Senate, where she discussed the urgent need to address human rights in the country. Ancheita told the Senate that torture and enforced disappearances are the country’s most serious problems and… [READ MORE]

Mexican Mine Worker Union Activist Beaten

  • March 13, 2015
  • IndustriALL

A union activist of the IndustriALL Mexican affiliate National Miners’ Union SNTMMSRM, also known as Los Mineros, has been severely beaten at the Gunderson railcar plant owned by the Greenbrier companies in Monclova, Coahuila state of Mexico. (Click here to sign a petition protesting the assault.) On March 7, while he was distributing union leaflets,… [READ MORE]

In Mexico, Women Join Forces to Improve Jobs, Communities

At an auto parts factory in Piedras Negras, Mexico, women getting off work after midnight board private buses the company pays for to transport them home. But until recently, the bus drivers refused to take the women all the way to their houses, instead letting them off far from their residences and forcing them to… [READ MORE]

ProDESC Founder Ancheita Wins Human Rights Award

Alejandra Ancheita, founder and executive director of the Mexico City-based ProDESC (Project for Economic, Cultural, and Social Rights), today won the prestigious international Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders. The award recognizes her courage and tireless search over the past 15 years for new ways to advance the rights of some of the most… [READ MORE]

Mexico: Mineworkers Leader Cleared of All Criminal Charges

A panel of federal judges in Mexico dropped all criminal charges against Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, president and general secretary of the National Mine and Metal Workers Union (Los Mineros), freeing him to return to Mexico from Canada where he has lived in exile.  Gómez Urrutia, who was removed as president of the 250,000-member union by… [READ MORE]

UN Convention on Economic Rights a Powerful Tool for Workers

Worker rights advocates have lots of tools available to them to help foster safe and healthy workplaces, family-supporting wages and social protections. One item in the toolbox is rule of law—and a recent Solidarity Center analysis of Mexican laws and policies through the lens of a key international standard offers an example of how to… [READ MORE]

ProDESC Founder Ancheita Finalist for Human Rights Award

Alejandra Ancheita, founder and executive director of the Mexico City-based ProDESC (Project for Economic, Cultural, and Social Rights), is one of three finalists for the prestigious international Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders. Ancheita, a Mexican lawyer and activist who leads the fight for the rights of vulnerable and excluded workers, migrants, communal landowners… [READ MORE]

Mexican Mineworkers Choose to Join Los Mineros

Mineworkers at the El Coronel gold mine in Zacatecas, Mexico, have voted to join the National Union of Mine, Metal, Steel and Similar Workers of the Mexican Republic, known as “Los Mineros” or SNTMMSSRM in Spanish, with 425 workers voting for the union to be its bargaining representative. A team of international observers from non-governmental… [READ MORE]

Mexican Human Rights Lawyer: Brave Fighter for Social Justice

Alejandra Ancheita, a Mexican human rights lawyer, bravely fights for social justice and human rights in her country–following in the footsteps of her activist father, who died under questionable circumstances on her eighth birthday. She founded ProDESC, an organization that fights for economic, social and cultural rights and which is a Solidarity Center partner. Ancheita… [READ MORE]