MEXICO: Strikes hit three Walmex outlets
Wal-Mart de Mexico (Walmex), Mexico's largest retailer, has been hit by its first-ever strike, with 300 workers at two of its stores and one restaurant stopping work for a day, according to a Reuters report.
The workers staged the one-day strike on Wednesday in a dispute over pay and conditions, the report stated.
Jaime Camacho, an official with a grass-roots labour movement that backed the strike, said that black and red strike flags were hung at the entrance of the stores and restaurant in the beach resort of Los Cabos at midday on Wednesday.
Camacho said the workers had complained that they were not being paid overtime or given benefit packages similar to those awarded by other Walmex stores in the country. He added that the company had agreed to grant some of the workers' demands and signed a new labour contract on Thursday.
The strike action was backed by Mexico's Revolutionary Confederation of Workers and Peasants (CROC), an organisation that defends workers' rights.
Walmex, in which US retail giant Wal-Mart is the majority shareholder, was not available for comment. The company, which employs some 150,000 people, is not unionised.
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