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Confederation of Workers of Mexico receives over 300 Maya Train labor complaints

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — After over 300 construction worker complaints of labor right violations, the CTM has stepped in. The Confederation of Workers of Mexico (CTM) reported that more than 300 Maya Train workers in Quintana Roo are working under inhumane conditions, which is in clear violation of their human rights.

Leopoldo Sosa Cetina, the General Secretary of the Confederación de Trabajadores de México (CTM) of Quintana Roo, said workers are being forced to work and even over work, something that is a problem given the current temperatures.

He reported that several construction workers have even required on-site medical attention. From the complaints received, at least four have been filed with the Quintana Roo State Human Rights Commission (CDHEQROO) for the alleged violation of labor rights.

“We are talking mainly about the workers who are in charge of cutting roads through the jungle. They do not have easy access to water to hydrate. They are not equipped with the appropriate gear such as boots or helmets, nor to they have permanent medical personnel available to attend to these possible cases,” he explained.

Sosa Cetina said the first labor violation complaint was filed nearly a year ago, and to date, nothing significant has happened with the Human Rights Commission.

“The main problem is that apparently, those in charge of the projects do not understand that they are not working with the military but with civilians, so they have neither the training nor the resistance of the military forces to be subjected to a workload so heavy,” he said.

He added that the other three workers who filed complaints have since resigned.