Mexican Toll Station Workers Protest Hazardous Pandemic Conditions

Workers from the Mexican Federal Roads and Bridges (Capufe) union have held a protest against inhumane working conditions which lead to the death of 37 colleagues due to COVID-19.

According to the Capufe Union, they will hold a strike until the government provides adequate protective equipment.

Union leader Martín Curiel Gallegos said their pleas to the government to provide them with more resources while they work throughout the pandemic have fallen on deaf ears so far. 

“Although Capufe provided gel, gloves, and some face masks in the beginning, it has not done so more carefully, orderly, and frequently … what the company provides is not enough and it runs out quickly, well sometimes there is no water in the camps,” said Gallegos. 

Aside from lack of protective equipment, hospitals have been reportedly dumping medical waste into the highways which put unprotected maintenance workers at risk. 

Gallegos added that they have been forced to work overtime during the last 10 months due to staff shortages and have not been compensated fairly. 

Gallegos mentioned the government has also not been providing them with security after there were two incidents of assault from violent groups and individuals. 

Gallegos warned that the strikes will continue if the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT) does not respond to their demands.

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