Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Mexico's Union Busting by the Government
MEXICO CITY, Nov. 11 -- Traffic on the main streets of Mexico City was halted on Wednesday by striking electricity workers who were protesting the closure of state-run power firm Central Light and Power.
Six groups of protestors were marching towards the city's central square, known as the Zocalo. One group of protestors clashed with police, who fired tear gas and arrested two protesters.
Traffic on highways linking Mexico City to five major cities nearby -- Queretaro, Cuernavaca, Puebla, Pachuca and Toluca – was also halted or slowed down.
Central Light and Power, which supplied electricity to Mexico City and neighboring central states, was liquidated last month by the central government, which said the move was prompted by the company's huge loss. It has been taken over by another state-run power company, the Federal Electricity Commission.