PKC sack local miners' union leader in Mexico
The company claims the dismissal was due to a reduction in production. The union is demanding reinstatement.
MEXICO: PKC Arneses y Accesorios de México sacked a local leader of the Mexican miners' union (SNTMMSSRM), Juan Carlos Palomino Consigno, on April 28, even though he had been working for the company for 13 years.
The company said he had been dismissed because of a fall in orders from PACCAR (manufacturer of Kenworth, Peterbilt and Daf lorries), which required a reduction in the workforce of the first and second shifts and may require the elimination of the third or special shift, on which Palomino is employed.
Palomino refused to accept his severance pay cheque and said it had been inappropriate to sack him because of his seniority. The company refused his request for a transfer to another plant. After Palomino refused to sign severance papers, he was escorted off the premises by company security personnel.
Palomino is a member of Section 307's executive committee and is deputy secretary for organization, information and statistics.
The SNTMMSSRM expressed its support for Juan Carlos Palomino and for his demand to be reinstated. The union has asked for international solidarity in discussing the case with company management and asked for Palomino's reinstatement to be added to the international campaign's list of demands.May 03, 2012 – Valeska Solis