Mexico: Claudia Sheinbaum advocates for the search for “consensus” to advance the reduction of working hours

The president-elect of Mexico, Claudia Sheinbaumadvocated on Wednesday for the search for “consensus” to address the reform that seeks to reduce the working week in the country from 48 to 40 hours.

“It is about continuing to work in consensus with the representatives of workers and the business sector,” said the future president, who recalled that the advances in terms of increases in the minimum wage or pensions achieved during the six-year term of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador were negotiated.

Questioned about the progress made in terms of labor rights during her morning press conference, Sheinbaum stressed that “we will continue to work on the issue of the 40-hour work week, it is important to continue making progress.”

“Whoever is the secretary of labor will have to continue to advance on these issues,” said the president-elect, who is expected to reveal the name of the person in charge of the office tomorrow.

López Obrador’s successor insisted on the importance of reaching agreements with all parties involved, unions and employers, and stated that it is “feasible to do so” with reference to what happened in this regard during the previous six-year term.

“We want to continue increasing the rights of workers,” Sheinbaum said.

Currently, the maximum number of hours that a person in Mexico is allowed to work per week according to law is 48: an eight-hour workday and one day of rest with full pay.

López Obrador’s lack of clarity on the issue has caused controversy because the president has promoted other labor rights initiatives, such as increasing the minimum wage, a future pension reform, union democracy, and the elimination of subcontracting.

This issue has generated tensions within the National Regeneration Movement (Morena), the party to which both Sheinbaum and the current president belong, such as the resignation in February of deputy Susana Prieto, author of the reform for the reduction of working hours, who alleged a lack of support from López Obrador to leave the official party.

Mexico is one of the countries in the world where people work the most hours per year, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which indicates that Mexicans work 2,124 hours per year, above Costa Rica (1,913), Russia (1,874) and Japan (1,598).

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