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Open Door on Outsourcing / No Exchange for Cienfuegos

By Ricardo Guzman | Mon, 11/23/2020 - 11:05

Discussing outsourcing with businesses. President López Obrador said he will meet later today with businessmen to discuss outsourcing. “To explain to them about this bill that has already been sent to the House of Representatives. The goal is to prevent any abuse of workers,” he said. After saying last week that all outsourcing will be prohibited for both public and private workers, the president changed his approach and said that the only goal is to prevent abuses that were related to the controversial hiring scheme. “We are reviewing the initiative. The purpose is that outsourcing is not abused, that it is specified under which conditions it can be carried out,” he said. After meeting with several business organizations last week to discuss the topic, López Obrador highlighted that most Mexican employers are doing things right. “Fortunately, most employers treat their workers well, guaranteeing all benefits, while others act improperly,” he noted.

Rules out exchange for Cienfuegos. President López Obrador denied that the sudden release of former Minister of National Defense (SEDENA) Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos from US custody was agreed in exchange for the arrest of a prominent drug lord, as reported by Reuters last Friday. “Reuters is a famous agency and specialized in finance but they were wrong because they suggested that (the US) was sending us Gen. Cienfuegos in exchange for the boss of an organized crime gang. Who knows who leaked that information,” he said. Amid increasing speculation about the real reasons behind the the release of Cienfuegos, López Obrador noted that if someone lies and is seeking to harm Mexico, then the government must respond. “This is why having moral authority is so important.”

Mexican Black Friday a success. El Buen Fin 2020 edition reported better results than last year, Federal Consumer Prosecutor’s Office (PROFECO) head Ricardo Sheffield said. “CONCANACO will confirm (the results) but there were better sales than the El Buen Fin’s ninth edition in 2019,” he said in relation to the extended version of the Mexican Black Friday. “This year, the main complaints were about purchase cancellations or noncompliance. The company that saw an increase in complaints and fell in conciliations was Walmart Group. Last year, it had 28 percent of complaints. This year, the figure rose to 49 percent. Complaints against Elektra increased from 5 to 7 percent, but Elektra has already reconciled 100 percent of all complaints,” Sheffield said. The Confederation of the National Chambers of Commerce, Services and Tourism (CONCANACO) is expected to report on the final results later this week.

Decree to control hydroelectric plants. President López Obrador will sign a decree on the management of hydroelectric plants to protect people living next to the Grijalva river, so dams in the region are empty in the rainy season that runs from August to November. An extended flooding in Tabasco has been affecting scores of people for weeks since record rainfall and poor management of a CFE dam worsened the crisis in the region. “Nature has its own laws. It is still raining a lot,” he said. The president also warned that roads that will be destroyed in Veracruz, Chiapas and Tabasco and that the recovery plan will include immediate support like food and clothing for those affected. Also, house appliances will be provided once the water levels come down.

Asks for investigation on Moreira. President López Obrador asked the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) to go to the wall in the investigation against former Coahuila Gov. Rubén Moreira, who is accused of illegally spending more than MX$400 million (US$19.8 million) allocated in the Fund for Financial Strengthening (FORTAFIN). The president lamented that previously some investigations into people found guilty were dismissed, since corruption was widespread in Mexico. “But in this government no one is fabricating crimes, the presidency does not order someone to be persecuted, investigated or jailed. In this case of Coahuila, let the Prosecutor's Office investigate and the last consequences are reached,” he said.

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Ricardo Guzman Ricardo Guzman Editor