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The Confederation of Mexican Workers
() is the largest confederation of labor union
. For many years it was one of the essential pillars of the Partido Revolucionario Institucional
(the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI), which ruled Mexico for more than seventy years. However, the CTM began to lose influence within the PRI structure in the late 1980s, as technocrats
increasingly held power within the party. Eventually the union found itself forced to deal with a new party in power after the PRI lost the 2000 general election
, an event which drastically reduced the CTM's influence in Mexican politics.
Over the years the CTM has also lost much of its power within the workplace, increasingly being more agreeable to employers' moves aimed to increase productivity. Workers have usually received little benefit from these agreements, as real wages have generally fallen over the past several decades. Moreover, the CTM has become increasingly corrupt and conservative over the years, often serving to impede workers' efforts to organize independent unions.
Founding the CTM
right|thumb|250px|CTM's 14th National Congress
The CTM was founded in 1936, under President Lázaro Cárdenas del Río
. Cárdenas' predecessors had relied heavily on the Confederación Regional Obrera Mexicana
, or "CROM", in order to garner support from the working class. However, this support was... Read More