US Border Opening Soon/Reform a Violation?By Sofía Hanna | Wed, 10/13/2021 - 11:38
Border reopening. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador celebrated an agreement to reopen the border with the US for non-essential travel. The border has been closed for 19 months. “The opening of the northern border was achieved. We will now have normality on our northern border.” Minister of Foreign Relations Marcelo Ebrard added that the US will determine the exact date on which the common border will be reopened. “Alejandro Mayorkas, the US secretary of Homeland Security, confirmed to me that it will be in the first days of November. They will let us know the exact date. They will resume activities, land and air travel for people who are vaccinated, said Ebrard.
Reform and USMCA. López Obrador said that his proposal for the electricity reform does not violate the USMCA trade agreement. “The electricity reform does not contravene the agreement. It is intended to give Mexico even more competitive advantages so that more investments can come and that we can maintain the commitment with users not to increase the price of electricity. This is not new. It is not that the privatization process is just beginning.” He also clarified that this initiative delivered to Congress this month is aimed at saving the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) “so that it does not suffer from blackouts, high rates. So that the general economy is protected.”
Dos Bocas refinery. López Obrador said that the two unions that have a contract with ICA Fluor have been on strike since yesterday at the Dos Bocas refinery. “There is nothing serious in terms of confrontations. It is a momentary, transitory strike, I hope, because they are disputing the ownership of the contract. It is a matter between unions.” The strike occurred after construction workers demanded better working conditions. Three thousand ICA Fluor workers carried out a work stoppage on Oct. 12 with the aim of allowing them to create a new union that better benefits them.
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