Strike in Matamoros puts the country's reputation at risk: Coparmex

The president of the Coparmex, Gustavo de Hoyos, said that it had been a long time since a crisis of this magnitude had been experienced.

Two companies announced their departure from the city.
Two companies announced their departure from the city.

Gustavo de Hoyos, president of the Employer Confederation of the Mexican Republic (Coparmex), said that the strike of workers in 46 maquiladoras (production units) in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, puts the country's reputation at risk, as well as dozens of companies and thousands of jobs.

On Twitter, the president of Coparmex added that "it had been a long time since Mexico experienced a crisis of this magnitude".

He said he is confident that the support of the Ministry of Labor and Social Security (STPS) can help in the labor dispute.

Yesterday, around 40 thousand workers of 46 maquiladoras began a strike to demand a 20 percent wage increase and a bonus of 32 thousand pesos.

For the protest, two companies announced their departure from the city and authorities said the number could increase.

Meanwhile, the STPS reported that the case was turned over to the Board of Conciliation and Arbitration to resolve the labor dispute.