The International Confederation of Workers (CIT) highlighted the need for a tripartite response, comprised of the government, unions and employers, to protect employment during the COVID-19 crisis.
In a statement, the CIT spoke in favor of joint actions between trade unions, the government, and employers to preserve employment during the pandemic by providing workers with telework options, whenever possible. The CIT leadership also asked union representatives to report any violation of the labor guarantees of its members.
In connection with this, BWI Regional Representative Nilton Freitas met with Senator Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, who is also the CIT Secretary General. They reviewed trade union work alliances forged at the 2009 BWI Regional Conference on Multinational Companies held in Mexico City.
As of 23 April, Mexico has 10,544 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 970 deaths. As a preventive measure, the government has implemented a nationwide lockdown and closed many industries and services.
To mark International Workers’ Memorial Day on 28 April, mining unions in several countries in Latin America, representing over 130,000 mineworkers, are taking coordinated action to demand the ratification and full application of ILO Convention 176. more