Labor Environment The Mexican labor environment fluctuates dramatically depending on current issues in labor and political stability. Political change is the most potent powerful force on organized labor, as unrest varies depending on which political faction is in power -- particularly important is the local political leadership. The labor environment in Mexico is at best, a direct reflection of local, regional and national politics. The level of stability varies depending on the region of the country, with the southern region being the most radical and politically active in terms of strikes and worker discontent. Typically organized labor in the north is relatively independent of large unions. Workers belong to small, independent unions that are weak and susceptible to state pressure. Organized labor in the center of the country is the most cooperative with the state and private sector industries. Labor activism directed at retailers can be disruptive, but it is not common and most labor unrest is focused on the political situation -- the party in power, the labor policies of the government, etc. -- rather than directed squarely at employers, wages and working conditions. Some Mexican labor unions have large membership -- measuring into the hundreds of thousands -- and have the potential to create disruptions in both the public and private sector with organized demonstrations and strikes. Although striking is not frequent and it seldom disrupts transportation and manufacturing, recent national political instability at the national level has resulted in an uptick of labor union activity and political demonstrations that have in turn affect the private sector industries.