Mexico Strike Settlements Reached but More Turbulence Likely

February 08, 2019

On the heels of an unprecedented coordinated strike following a Presidential decree doubling the minimum wage in the Mexican border zones, the new Mexican government remains on schedule to introduce new laws on trade union recognition and collective bargaining that would render most current collective agreements invalid.

The strike was precipitated by companies failing to meet expected wage increases for workers and involved around 25,000 workers in 48 maquiladora (foreign-owned) assembly plants in the Matamoros region.

44 companies have settled for a combined increase in pay and a one-time bonus as of today, six weeks into the bitter strike.  Concerns have been expressed about the future viability of these facilities.

Fifty member companies have already signed up for the HR Policy Mexican labor briefing in Miami, Florida, on February 26th, which will be hosted by HR Policy Association and Littler experts.  There is still time to sign up.  If you would like more information, please contact Alan Wild, HR Policy Director of Global Affairs, at