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Mexico's early reforms show mixed record

Friday, January 30, 2015

Subject

Reform efforts two years on.

Significance

President Enrique Pena Nieto's first major reforms, launched soon after taking office on December 1, 2012, focused on education and telecoms. Although originated by his predecessor Felipe Calderon (2006-12), the current administration also played a key role in shaping the labour reform. Two years on, results in these three areas are mixed.

Impacts

  • Contractual disputes will remain the chief source of union-led strike action despite recent legal changes.
  • Companies will continue to face costs derived from dealing with labour unions; the risk of protracted litigation remains unchanged.
  • The removal of long-distance and roaming fees from January 2015 constitute immediate benefits of the telecommunications reform.
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