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Queretaro, Qro. Faced with the fourth wave of infections by Covid-19, absenteeism has been recurrent during January in various work centers, explained the local secretary general of the Autonomous Confederation of Workers and Employees of Mexico (Catem), Erick Osornio Medina.

Given the impact of the new spike in infections in the labor base, he said, the workers represented by the confederation have had agreements and direct contact with employers, which is why they have not resorted to a large extent to processing the permits issued by the Institute Mexican Social Security (IMSS).

“Yes, there is absenteeism, as everywhere, if someone tests positive, they are notified, they are notified and in five, six or seven days (they return) – whatever the health issue indicates – but there is absenteeism, I cannot say a thing. Exactly how much, but there is absenteeism, the entire month of January there was a lot, a lot of contagion, ”he explained.

The work absenteeism that is presented in January, he said, has a precedent in the scenario that was experienced at the beginning of the pandemic, when there were even cases in which large companies forced their workers to work, despite the confinement.

“In the unions that we have from companies we have not found more detail, we have a very real unionism, very modern, closely related to the company, so when an issue like this happens, we talk with the company and now, we do not have to resort to the tests. If a colleague has an illness, Covid or whatever, they talk and dialogue with the company, with the human resources area, and a solution is found,” he declared.

Due to the fourth wave of infections, he said, sanitary protocols within work spaces have been strengthened, in order to inhibit risks.

The confederation has 18 affiliated unions, with a total of 10,000 workers in the state, they are collaborators of both the Private Initiative and the local public service.

In this context, state business chambers have reported absenteeism in these first weeks of the year; the member companies of the National Chamber of the Transformation Industry (Canacintra) report an average of 20% labor absenteeism, while the firms of the National Chamber of Commerce, Services and Tourism (Canaco Servytur) account for 18% absenteeism in their workforces; and for the National Small Chamber of Commerce (Canacope) absenteeism has hovered around 25% for companies in this field.

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On another topic, last week the confederation became aware of three similar cases in which companies have violated workers’ rights.

One of these cases is that of 120 women who worked as workers in the school transportation system, provided by the municipality of Queretaro, who accused alleged unjustified dismissals, non-payment of bonuses and liquidation. They stressed that they were subcontracted by a company that has so far not responded to their demands.

Given the incidence of these types of cases, the state representative of Catem urged the labor sector not to sign blank sheets and assert their rights as workers.

In Queretaro there are about 628,676 jobs affiliated with the IMSS, who work mainly in the transformation industry, as well as in the trade and services sectors.

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