The Mexican labor environment fluctuates dramatically depending on current issues in labor and political stability



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is also promoting the Stockholm Agreement on Persistent Organic Contaminants and is pushing corporations to take other voluntary steps, such as offering free battery take-back and recycling . They also pressure companies to change materials in electronics and change how e-waste is recycled. E-waste is an informal name for old electronics products that have reached their user life. Greenpeace activists worldwide target companies to change the composition of electronics that make e-waste and less harmful to the environment. On the E-waste front in Mexico, Greenpeace pressures companies to agree to some voluntary reductions in the use of toxics in electronics products and to take back e-waste products.
The most important NGO’s in Mexico are social protest groups. Many leftist organizations are highly organized and have the ability to gather different groups around a particular issue. For example, in July 2006, the APPO in Oaxaca formed around localized militant groups who then assisted the APPO in a massive teachers strike. The Teachers Union of Oaxaca, students and other groups pressed for the resignation of Oaxaca governor Ulises Ruiz. The PDR was also successful in staging popular mobilization after the defeat of its presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Using internet blogs and community organizations the PRD was able to orchestrate many actions that interrupted business and circulation in Mexico City. In July 2006, the APPO in Oaxaca formed around localized militant groups who then assisted the APPO in a massive teachers strike. The Teachers Union of Oaxaca, students and other groups pressed for the resignation of Oaxaca governor Ulises Ruiz. The PDR was also successful in staging popular mobilization after the defeat of its presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Using internet blogs and community organizations the PRD was able to orchestrate many actions that interrupted business and circulation in Mexico City.
Local and community groups in small towns are also very easy to mobilize around polarizing issues in a way that is not seen in the United States. It is not uncommon for an NGO to stop a business from being  started  if the activist group can convince the community that the business it is bad for the community. This is most often seen in the  north and  in rural areas. An example of this is the obstruction to the construction of a safe hazardous waste disposal  site in Nuevo Leon in the late 90’s, sparked by leftist groups and enforced by the community. Following a long and active campaign by leftist groups the site  was not allowed to be used.


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