May 1 is International Workers’ Day, and employees in Mexico have good reason to celebrate: They just won the right to organize and negotiate their own pay.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador enacted a labor reform bill Wednesday that for the first time gives workers the legal right to bargain collectively with employers through independent labor unions, without fear of retaliation or harassment. The bill sailed through the House of Representatives earlier this month, and senators unanimously passed the bill Monday.
“This is a huge advancement for Mexico’s workers,” López Obrador said during his daily press conference Tuesday morning in Mexico City. “Before this reform, workers couldn’t vote freely, by secret ballot, to elect their union representatives. Now workers can choose.”
It is indeed a huge victory for workers in Mexico, and ironically, US President Donald Trump helped them get it.