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29 Sep 2022

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Telmex Contract Rejected by Mexican Workers Union (MWU)

A workers' union representing the Mexican Telecoms Firm (Telmex) has declined a new contract offer proposed by the telecommunications operator.

STRM, or the Mexican Telephone Workers Union, will meet today to decide the next steps in a longstanding benefit dispute, according to Reuters.

As a result of weeks of negotiations between both parties, Telmex has now tabled a new offer that offers bonuses to retiring workers.

However, it is unclear whether new hires who join the telco after October 1 will receive an annual December bonus equivalent to 10 days' pay and a 10-day bonus in August.

Telmex has announced that when employees retire at age 65, they will receive 100 percent of their final net salary, depending on the level of work in their field.

The company states that new hires will be entitled to a pension equal to their final net pay, which will become eligible after 35 years of service.

There was a strike by the operators in July led by the family of telco tycoon Carlos Slim. A dispute over wages, unfilled job listings, and benefits for new hires caused the STRM to take industrial action for the first time in four decades.

Outside of Telmex, there's a wider labor conflict with the workers from BT and Openreach going on strike this summer due to salary disputes.

There will be the third round of strikes in October with 40,000 BT employees and workers from subsidiary company Openreach in the same line and an additional 400 employees from BT's 999 emergency call handling division.

Further strikes are planned for October 6, 10, 20, and 24 by the Communications Workers Union.

BT workers hadn't gone on strike since the 1980s, when the company became privatized, until this summer, when staff voted to take strike action.

Also read: Spark Claims to Be the First New Zealand Telecom to Have Its End-to-End 5G Standalone Network in Full Swing.

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