Lights go out for the SME electrical workers union

The final hopes for the SME electrical workers union to block the decree liquidating Luz y Fuerza were extinguished with two adverse court rulings. The Supreme Court turned down a request from the Federal District legislature to block the liquidation, and federal judge Guillermina Coutiño Mata—who had made a provisional ruling favoring the union­ last month—reversed herself and rejected the union’s request for a permanent injunction. She ruled that “employees do not have a right to keep a state entity subsisting, when its operation no longer benefits the population and damages public finances, just in order to keep their jobs.” (Excelsior 12/12)

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