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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Mexico’s Interjet Workers Go On Strike

Interjet employees went on a strike on Friday, after the company failed to pay employees four months’ worth of salary and other benefits.

Interjet employees went on a strike on Friday, after the company failed to pay employees four months’ worth of salary and other benefits. 

Section 15 of the Union Confederación de Trabajadores de México (CTM) have organized a strike as the company, aside from their salaries, owed them other benefits such as Christmas bonuses, food vouchers, saving funds and payment for government contributions and taxes.  

Due to the pandemic, the company canceled flights and struggled to sustain its operations. 

“Given the total stoppage of operations and the possibility of looting, the majority of unionized workers (62%), who cast their vote, determined that the strike procedure be continued to preserve the few or many assets that the same has to be able to liquidate or collect their legitimate rights such as salaries, benefits and compensation,” the union said. 

Union Representatives added, “We deeply regret the failure that this outcome represents for Mexico and national aviation, just after the company turned 15 years old. Furthermore, we regret starting a year 2021 in which the more than 5,000 workers and their families are left without a job, without a livelihood and with debts.”

Interjet’s negotiations with Mexico’s Tax Administration Service (SAT) did not progress, which could have allowed the company’s continued operations through securing bank loans. 

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