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Walmart Mexico Agrees to 5.5% Raise, but Strike Still Possible

March 25, 2019

By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

MEXICO CITY, Mexico—Walmart de Mexico has reached a deal with the Revolutionary Confederation of Laborers and Farmworkers (CROC) union to raise about 8,000 store workers’ pay by 5.5%, both sides announced on March 14. The deal, which would also give workers a bonus if the company meets annual sales targets, was supposed to avert a strike planned for March 20. But CROC spokesperson Eduardo Miranda told the English-language Mexico News Daily that the union had not yet signed an agreement and that workers still plan to strike if the deal isn’t final. The union had demanded a 20% raise for workers it represents at 121 Walmart stores in 10 states, along with Sam’s Club and Bodega Aurrera shops. Cashiers there currently average between 140 and 150 pesos (US $7 to $7.50) per day. In January, strikes by thousands of factory workers in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, just over the border from Texas, won 20% raises and annual bonuses of 32,000 pesos (US $1,650).  Read more

March 25, 2019

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