Government of Mexico celebrates agreement with Sutnotimex that safeguards labor rights

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Mexico.- The ministries of the Interior (Segob) and of Labor and Social Welfare (STPS) signed today a coordination agreement with the Single Union of Notimex Workers (Sutnotimex) related to the extinction of the Mexican State News Agency (Notimex ), which guarantees the commitment of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to protect the individual and collective rights of workers.

Signing this agreement were the Secretary of the Interior, Luisa María Alcalde Luján; the general coordinator of Social Communication and spokesperson for the Presidency, Jesús Ramírez Cuevas; representing the head of the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare (STPS), Marath Baruch Bolaños López, the general director of Legal Affairs of said agency, José Luis Sánchez Cuazitl; and the General Secretary of Sutnotimex, Adriana Urrea Torres.

At the General Lázaro Cárdenas Library of the Bucareli Complex, secretary Luisa María Alcalde recognized the responsible and collaborative attitude on the part of the union, always putting the defense of the workers first.

Likewise, he celebrated that, after the installation of dialogue tables, it is possible to reach this day and sign the agreement that includes four points:

  1. Derived from the decision of the Government of Mexico to extinguish Notimex for having fulfilled its purposes and objectives for which it was created and since full freedom to express, collect, disseminate and publish information and ideas is currently guaranteed, the parties ratify their commitment to unrestricted respect and defense of the labor rights of all workers.
  2. The permanent dialogue between the parties has made it possible to comprehensively address the concerns of the workers, through peaceful conciliation and mediation, until concluding a process that guarantees the demands, labor and union rights of those involved.
  3. In any scenario, the payment of prerogatives and the corresponding compensation for workers will be made in accordance with the Federal Labor Law and the Collective Labor Agreement.
  4. The Segob and the STPS will promote the actions that are necessary before the corresponding authorities, in order to finalize the approval of the decree initiative by which the extinction of Notimex would be carried out, guaranteeing in a timely manner the correct conditions for compensation of the workers; as well as the destination that the assets, rights and obligations of Notimex will have.

In his participation, the general coordinator of Social Communication and spokesperson for the Presidency of the Republic, Jesús Ramírez Cuevas, highlighted that "for the Government of Mexico, the defense of labor and union rights, both individual and collective, are guaranteed."

He explained to the workers of the Notimex agency that they must have full confidence that their rights are safeguarded with the signing of the agreement and until the last pending matter is finished, he concluded.

The general director of Legal Affairs of the STPS, José Luis Sánchez Cuazitl, thanked the collaboration to reach the agreement and expressed that the instruction received from the secretaries and the president “was to guarantee respect for the rights of workers.”

For her part, the general secretary of Sutnotimex, Adriana Urrea Torres, recognized the work of the federal government agencies to reach a peaceful agreement in the best way. “We trust that we will reach a solution and the authorities' word will be kept, as shown by the will to move forward under the best terms to reach this agreement,” she stressed.

Also present were Carlos Torres Muñoz, Secretary of Organization of Sutnotimex, as well as José Salvador Rodríguez and Carlos Mendoza Mendoza, both lawyers for the Union.

With information from SEGOB

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