Market Watch – There are 4.9 million workers who depend on the deteriorating U.S.-Mexican relationship. That’s the conclusion of a study done late autumn by the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute, a nonpartisan policy think tank, which published an in-depth study on economic ties between the two countries last November.
WSJ – Unemployment in Mexico fell to its lowest level in nine years in October amid strong private-sector job growth that has supported consumption and helped keep the economy expanding.
Bloomberg – Mexico’s unemployment rate fell to the lowest in almost eight years in March, the latest sign of stronger growth. The unemployment rate fell to 3.74 percent in non-seasonally adjusted terms.
Market Watch – Steel maker ArcelorMittal and the Mexican Mining and Metal Workers Union reached an agreement to end a strike at the company’s steel mills in the Pacific port of Lazaro Cardenas.
WSWS – On Saturday March 5, more than 3,500 workers at the ArcelorMittal steel plant in Lázaro Cárdenas in Michoacán went on strike against the world’s largest steelmaker.
EFE – Cuts to Mexican state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos’ 2016 budget will entail layoffs, CEO Jose Antonio Gonzalez confirmed Thursday.
Dario – With 500 affiliated workers, the first National Union of Workers and Domestic Workers (Sinactraho) has been given official recognition and is now a legal trade union.
By Natasha Ghoneim / AlJazeera
“Cutting sugar cane is like running a marathon every day.”
That’s what the leader of a 35-person crew in the state of Veracruz, Mexico told me as the sound of fire cackled in the air and a cloud of ash was raining down on us. The tinny monotony of machetes slicing into sugar cane stalks was a kind of musical accompaniment to one of the hardest day’s work I’ve seen.
Cutting sugar cane is not just like “running a marathon”. It’s like running while inhaling dangerous smoke from burning the sugar cane, with the risk of cutting yourself with a machete, being bitten by snakes and scorpions, and without enough water and protein to keep you hydrated and give you energy.
Seeing Mexican teenage boys, many still years before their growth spurts, working in such difficult conditions is a stark reminder that for so many in the world, economic necessity puts kids in the workforce.
According to the National Statistics Institute, 2.5 million kids are working in Mexico. A 2013 World Bank report says 870,000 working children are below age 13.
CSMonitor – Roughly 50 workers who had for years traveled to the US on low-skill work visas teamed up to gain legal recognition from the Mexican government. Now they can air complaints and demand solutions to issues like recruitment fraud, labor abuse, trafficking, and other violations.
El Economista – In November, the creation of formal employment in Mexico rose 7.7 percent, adding 132,279 new jobs, regaining strength after two consecutive months of decline.
El Dario – Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, leader of the Morena Party, supported the work stoppage to be held tomorrow, Tuesday, by the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE).
Vice News – Mexico has an estimated 2.3 million house cleaners, making them the largest group of informal workers in the country. On September 17, the country’s first ever domestic workers union officially applied to register with the government.
Sentido Comun – KIA Motors will end the year by generating 1,500 new jobs in Mexico, higher than the 1,300 originally planned for 2015, and expects to double that number next year.
Sentido Comun -The Mexican private sector generated 44.691 new jobs in July, 19.3 percent more than a year ago. With the new jobs, the private sector registered 17.7 million workers in (IMSS), or 4.1 percent more than a year ago.
Proceso – Given the limited opportunities for development, education and employment, young Mexicans have difficulty getting jobs. Of the 29 million young Mexicans, unemployment in the first quarter was 7.4 percent, almost twice the national level for the general population.