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    Mexican telephone union back to work, government to mediate

    MEXICO CITY (AP) – About 30,000 workers at Mexico’s largest fixed-line telephone and Internet company agreed to go back to work on Friday while the government mediates a dispute over wages, pensions and benefits.

    The Labour Department said that it would act as mediator and that the union and company would have 20 working days to reach an agreement.

    Unionised employees went on strike on Thursday at Teléfonos de Mexico, better known as Telmex. It was once a state-owned company that controlled basically all phone service in Mexico. But since its privatisation in the 1990s, anti-monopoly controls have forced it to yield ground to other cellphone and Internet providers.

    Telmex and its subsidiaries had been known for relatively cordial relations with the national Telephone Workers union, which said its strike was the first at the company since 1985.

    Telmex said on Thursday the demands of its unionised employees were not consistent with “the financial viability of the company”.

    Unionised employees are demanding a 7.5-per-cent wage hike, plus a 2.9-per-cent increase in benefits. That would put them just over the current inflation rate of about eight per cent. The union said the company had offered increases of 4.4 per cent in wages and 1.1 per cent in benefits.

    There were also disagreements about unfilled positions, back wages and pensions.

    Telmex workers fill out a ballot to vote in favour of an indefinite strike by unionised workers in Mexico City. PHOTO: AP
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