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press release attributes the increase to the low inflation rate achieved by the Fox administration.
Villamil Rivas of the Mexico City daily newspaper Unomasuno said labor representatives in the CNSM did not push hard enough for a higher increase in the minimum wage during end-of-the-year negotiations.
Some business representatives in the CNSM had opposed the rates for Zones B and C because these increases were higher than the annual inflation of 4.
Some members of the CT are renewing efforts to eliminate the CNSM and replace it with a more relevant organization.
In the FSTSGEM proposal, the CNSM would be renamed the Comision Nacional de Salarios y Productividad and would have the capacity to create new mechanisms for labor mediation, training, and education.
He said the question of withdrawing from the CNSM would be presented to representatives of various unions at a meeting Jan.
The wage agreements that come out of the CNSM are an obstacle to the free negotiations that companies must engage in with their unions," UNT president Hernandez Juarez told reporters in early December.
Leonardo Rodriguez Alcaine, head of the Confederacion de Trabajadores de Mexico (CTM), questioned whether the CNSM should continue to exist.
Business groups & government say low inflation a priority Labor Secretary Jose Antonio Gonzalez Fernandez acknowledged that Mexican workers deserved a higher increase in the minimum wage than the 14% approved by the CNSM.
CANACINTRA president Vicente Yanez said salary increases will be taken on a case-by-case basis, with some companies able to afford raises above the 14% increase approved by the CNSM.
Legislators push to eliminate minimum-wage commission Meanwhile, senators from the center-left Partido de la Revolucion Democratica (PRD) and the conservative Partido Accion Nacional (PAN) have drafted an initiative to eliminate the CNSM.
Deputy Adelaida de la Cruz Moreno of the PRI said the CNSM recommendation for only a 14% increase is a direct affront to a resolution passed by the Chamber of Deputies Nov.