Mexican labor rights
Trip Start Nov 25, 2006
103Trip End Ongoing
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Victor shared lots with us; here are a couple mentionable points:
First, Mexican workers do earn a little pension, but often older people can't keep a job (health, age issues) and when it's time to claim their pension, they haven't worked recently enough to receive it. So Victor's office organized a pinata workshop so that they can finish off their employment history and get that money
Secondly, sometimes a maquila will close unexpectedly, often right before payday, leaving the workforce with no job and no final paycheck. This especially happens in December when workers should receive the Christmas bonus that's been deducted from their pay all year [a sort of government-mandated Christmas savings club]. Currently one such set of unlucky workers have surrounded their closed maquila 24/7 in an attempt to claim their legal right to a share of the value of the machinery abandoned there, with Victor's support.
Victor's stories--and his lifework--root for the underdog.