Friday, October 23, 2009

Mexico's Electrical Workers Under Attack

An attempt is underway by the Mexican government to destroy Mexico's electrical workers' union, the SME. On October 10, just before midnight, the Mexican federal government sent more than 5,000 police and army troops to occupy more than 100 generating plants and other electrical installations of the state-owned company Luz y Fuerza del Centro (LyFC). Shortly after, the president decreed the firing of 44,000 SME union workers.

The SME and its allies immediately countered with mobilizations, including a 300,000-strong mass march in Mexico City on October 15. Thousands of students from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM),and the National Technical Institute (IPN) are supporting the SME by participating in the massive rallies.

In the tradition of chaining the workers down to the bosses, the strategy of the SME union tops appears to be counting on the congressional and legalistic support of the "center-left" bourgeois Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD).  But what the SME workers and other sectors of the Mexican working class need is their own revolutionary workers party. This will require that they first break with the popular front and all bourgeois politicians, including and especially the PRD.

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