For the first time since 1985, The workers of Telephones of México (Telmex) could go on strike if the latest dialogue and negotiation efforts fail to reach an agreement between the Telephone Operators Union of the Mexican Republic (STRM) and Carlos Slim’s company.
The summons to the strike was scheduled for the first minute of Friday, May 6, then it was postponed to Wednesday 11 at noon and, in a last attempt to reach an agreement with the intervention of the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare (STPS ), the union accepted a new deadline: next Tuesday, June 7.
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In this dispute, what does the union of telephone operators want?
What the workers demand is a salary increase attached to the economic conditions of the country, of 7.5 percent direct to the salary for active and retired workers. “Let it be equal for everyone. We do not accept that the almost 30,000 retirees are given less,” said the leader of the STRM, Francisco Hernández Juárez. And an increase in benefits of 2.9 percent.
In addition, the telephone operators request the solution to the sites in progress. The first was two years ago; the second, a year ago; the third three months ago, and the fourth and extension, this May 10.
And what does México Telephones offer?
What Telmex offers is a salary increase of four percent and one percent in benefits. In addition, that the increase in retirees is lower than that of active workers. This caused the problem of non-acceptance by the National General Assembly.
The general secretary of the STRM said it very clearly: “If the issue of retirees and the replacement of almost two thousand vacancies is resolved, I think we would have very good chances of an agreement. The rise should be even. We do not accept that retirees are given less.”
In the meeting held on May 9, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Labor, Telmex improved the offer and instead of a four percent wage increase, it offered a 4.4 percent increase. And in terms of benefits, he raised his offer from one to 1.1026 percent.
However, the company maintained its position of differentiated increase for workers and remained in the line of addressing and resolving the issue of vacancies under its conditions.
They are the reasons why there is no agreement between the parties.
What is the new negotiating table looking for?
Given the impossibility of a comprehensive agreement, the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare proposed to establish a Negotiation Table, which will be headed by the head of the branch, Luisa María Alcalde Luján, as the main mediator and conciliator.
The three issues that are sought to be resolved are: the differentiated wage increase, labor liabilities and vacancies.
As for the latest salary and benefits proposal, the telephone operators agreed to keep it “encapsulated”, as a possible agreement, subject to negotiation.
They accepted the extension of June 7 proposed by the STPS to be able to access this negotiation scheme, at which time meetings between the parties will be held.
The aim is to definitively resolve the three issues already mentioned. The Negotiation Table will be installed this Thursday.
The leader of the telephone operators informed the National General Assembly of the proposal, analyzed the implications and agreed by a majority to participate in the Negotiation Table and extend the start of the strike.
As a Telmex user, how will a possible strike affect me?
If the strike breaks out on June 7, the fixed and mobile telephony and data networks throughout the country would be affected.
Although the Federal Law of Telecommunications and Broadcasting does not allow them to lower the switch, the fact is that the daily problems of the Internal Telephone Network of México used by all commercial fixed and mobile telephony companies in the country will not be addressed.
There are co-locations, that is, last mile interconnection, both from the companies that provide mobile service to the antennas, and from fixed companies to their customers.
All this is done through the internal network of Telephones of México and the Fiber Optic Transport Network that communicates throughout the country. It is about more than 400 thousand kilometers and they belong to Telmex, explained Israel Quiñones, member of the National General Assembly and National Press Commissioner of the STRM.
And there is the operation of the National Supervision Center, which is the nerve center of communications in the country in its four locations: Guadalajara, México City, Monterrey and Querétaro.
The Telcel company does not have workers to attend to damages in fiber optic cable spaces. That’s what telephone operators do. The same if there is damage to the antennas. It is the unionized telephone operators who do these jobs.
Source: from El Sol de Mazatlán | Noticias Locales, Policiacas, sobre México, Sinaloa y el Mundo – frontpage on 2022-05-11 18:41:10