Mexican electrical workers end 80-day hunger strike

July 23rd, 2010 - 4:17 pm ICT by BNO News  

MEXICO CITY (BNO NEWS) — Mexican electrical workers ended on Friday early morning a hunger strike after the Mexican Union of Electricians and the government of President Felipe Calderon agreed to begin high-level negotiations to end a labor dispute.

Mexico’s government closed the money-losing Luz y Fuerza del Centro company in 2009. Some fired employees set up tens on the Zocalo, the Mexico City main plaza, demanding their jobs back as the union protested Calderon’s decision disrupting traffic in major thoroughfares.

Two of the hunger-striking electricians, Cayetano Cabrera and Miguel Ibarra, were reported in grave condition on Thursday.

Union leader Martin Esparza announced after a meeting at the Interior Ministry that high-level negotiations on the possible hiring of former employees will start on Monday.

The company served 25 million of customers in central Mexico after Calderon’s government turned the operation over to the Federal Electricity Commission, another state-run company that provides electricity for the rest of Mexico.

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