The Rights of Workers in Mexico

Academic Article


  • Through protective labor legislation, the Mexican Government acts as a guardian of the rights of its working-class citizens. The applicable provisions of the Mexican Constitution actually function as a series of statutes which authorize the government to take many actions on behalf of workers. However, this apparent benevolence is also a form of control, and through its policies the government decides how much economic and social power conventional worker organizations can wield. The ruling party may strongly support the existence of trade unions, but it has also usurped many traditional union functions. The system is designed to provide Mexican workers with a broad range of rights and privileges. Yet rather than being spoils earned in victory over employer opponents, these rights and privileges are in theory virtually automatic. As long as the Mexican Government perpetuates its current labor policies, workers appear to have nothing to fear, and everything to gain from the discretionary power it wields.
  • Authors


    Publication Date

  • 1990
  • Has Subject Area


  • Mexico
  • employee
  • employer
  • factory
  • labor law
  • maquiladoras
  • worker
  • Start Page

  • 182
  • End Page

  • 202
  • Volume

  • 11
  • Issue

  • Winter