Conditions inside the assembly plants, called maquiladoras, are not favorable to avoiding the spread of the virus, says Mariana.
” There isn’t much range in between us on the assembly line and if a maker breaks, they put all of us on the very same one, right on top of each other.”
The BBC approached Regal for comment but the company did not react. On its website, Regal states it is “working relentlessly to keep healthy and safe offices all around the world” amidst the pandemic.
The strike appeared to have actually the preferred result. The personnel at the Regal factory in Ciudad Juárez were told to stay at home on complete pay.
Elsewhere in the border city, staff members at the ECI electrical items business likewise held a demonstration.
Only maquiladoras producing “vital products” are enabled to stay open following a federal government decree.
One worker, Monserrat, told Reuters news company that ECI staff did not believe the “important” label needs to apply to the goods they make.
” Are individuals desperate to buy fridges, ranges or cleaning machines right now?” she asked. “Naturally they’re not. The most essential thing today is to be safe in the house.” ECI has actually not commented.
Authorities figures recommend that 13 factory workers in Ciudad Juárez have actually died with coronavirus. A widely known activist for employees’ rights in the city, Susana Prieto, states the true figure might be 3 times as high.
” There is genuine panic among the employees,” she told me. “The factories have actually flagrantly disobeyed the emergency situation public health decree since of the absence of authority from the president and the federal government.”
Factories only started to close in Ciudad Juárez “when the bodies began literally dropping in front of their eyes”, says Ms Prieto.
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United States Ambassador to Mexico Christopher Landau believes a balance can be struck: “It’s possible and essential to look after the health of employees without damaging those [supply] chains,” he wrote on Twitter recently.
Perhaps, however there are some 300,000 factory workers in Ciudad Juárez.
They understand that the manual labour they carry out is vital to the health of the economy on both sides of the border.