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Women Still Face Challenging Working Conditions

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Miriam Bello By Miriam Bello | Senior Journalist and Industry Analyst - Wed, 03/09/2022 - 11:30

Many working Mexicans still lack proper wages and benefits but this scenario is more pronounced among women, as gender inequality leads to even lower wages and few growth opportunities.

Here is the Week in Talent!

IMCO: Mexico Fails to Provide Ideal Working Conditions for Women

Most Mexican states fail to provide an environment that allows women to have equal labor conditions and opportunities in the workplace. In addition, Mexico has one of the highest wage equity gaps, according to Statista. In 2020, working women made an average of MX$14,860 (US$699) per quarter, 34.3 percent less than men, according to INEGI. Here is an in-depth analysis of the situation.

Female Leadership in the Automotive Industry Remains Low

While women occupy decision-making positions in the Mexican automotive industry, data depicts that their participation in the sector is still low. Incentives are needed to attract women to the industry and to promote their permanence in it.

Underrepresentation in Healthcare Calls for a Feminist Approach

Despite representing 71 percent of the health workforce, women continue to be underrepresented in leadership positions, limiting their influence and hampering diversity and gender equity goals. When women hold more executive leadership positions, their companies are more profitable: companies in the top-quartile for gender diversity on executive teams are 21 percent more likely to outperform the national average.

Another Major Win for Mexican Independent Unions

Mexican nationals working for Tridonex, a US operated manufacturing plant in the northern city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, abandoned the institutional legacy union Confederation of Mexican Workers (CTM) in favor of the Independent National Union of Industrial Workers Movement (SNITIS). This marks a second major victory of smaller unions over the old-guard unions, potentially setting an important precedent for labor unions across the region.

Possible Labor Exploitation Points to Institutional Failures

Due to minimum wages, to meet their monthly expenses many people have felt compelled to work longer hours, thereby compounding an average workweek that forces about 52 percent of the working population to work between 35 and 48 hours a week. These findings point to prolonged institutional failures to protect people from labor exploitation.

Experts of the Week

Alma Rosa García Puig, CEO, Great Place to Work Mexico, shared the three culture-level business pillars for success. Find them here.

Francisco Ruiz, Knowledge Management Manager, Tecnatom, introduces the use of training simulators and how these could be a bias-free tool for companies. Read the full article here.

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