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The 2019 Workers Rebellion in Matamoros, Mexico

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The 2019 Workers Rebellion in Matamoros, Mexico

By Andrea Lobo
 

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During the first weeks of 2019, tens of thousands of striking workers brought to a halt virtually all the maquiladora manufacturing plants in the industrial Mexican city of Matamoros, just across the US border with Brownsville, Texas.

In a remarkable display of class unity and power, workers defied threats of retribution and violence from companies, union thugs, police and the military, and shut down a significant section of the closely-interconnected supply chain in North America.

Key to organizing their struggles across different companies and sectors was the formation of rank-and-file strike committees. Daily reports by the World Socialist Web Site played an important role in guiding the struggle and winning broader support.

Spanish edition is forthcoming.


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In the first three months of 2019, tens of thousands of Mexican workers struck against the maquiladora factories in Matamoros, across the border from Brownsville Texas. Defying threats from the companies, corporate-controlled unions, police and military, they shut down a significant portion of the closely-interconnected North American automobile supply chain, halting or curtailing production in some assembly plants.

Key to organizing their struggles across different companies and sectors was the formation of rank-and-file strike committees, which enabled the workers to defy their union leaders and the newly-elected government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO).

With some 70,000 workers on strike, amid a total media blackout, the World Socialist Web Site played a key role in winning broader support for their struggle, reporting daily and exposing the attempts, especially by “left” union leaders, to trick them into returning to work.

This pamphlet examines the political history of different forces, including the “independent unions” in Mexico, aligned with the US AFL-CIO labor federation and the Democratic Party. It advances an independent political perspective for the working class and the need to unite workers across borders on the basis of the program of international socialism.

Author Andrea Lobo
About the Author Andrea Lobo is a writer for the World Socialist Web Site.
Publisher Mehring Books
Pages 46
Publication Type Pamphlet
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