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Cancun Turicun bus drivers threaten strike, give notice

Cancun, Q.R. — A strike threat has been issued by Turicun bus drivers in the city of Cancun who say if the company is not heard soon by the Local Board of Conciliation and Arbitration of Quintana Roo, they will strike.

The strike notice comes from members of the Union of Urban, Suburban, Tourist and Personnel Tourism Workers of the Northern Zone of the state of Quintana Roo who say they are giving the board a period of 21 days to hear the workers of Turicun.

If they do not, union drivers say as of November 8, all 380 workers will strike affecting thousands of daily commuters across at least 18 city routes.

In September, union leader Jaime Gabriel Teh Zavalegui asked that the executive committee of Turicun be heard before the Local Board of Conciliation and Arbitration of Quintana Roo who are looking to improve their working conditions. If not heard, they would go on strike.

“On that occasion, the state governor asked us to take care of the image of destiny and promised that they would support us once the federal resolution that gave us the notice had gone out. Now we have done what they requested, so we come again to ask for intervention because the Secretary of Labor has so far ignored our request,” said Teh Zavalegui.

Given the lack of response from the Ministry of Labor, the union leader said they went to the public hearing of the governor Wednesday to ask the state government to give the order to the Board.

“We want to resolve the matter to enforce the rights of workers because there are currently unjustified dismissals of staff with more than 10 and 20 years of service. Drivers are still being paid a thousand peso per week. There are no bonuses or other benefits,” he said.

The 380 Turicun drivers work an average of eight hours a day in two shifts, with a daily wage of 132.8 pesos, earning them a payment of around 1,000 peso per week.

“For four years we have not received a salary increase. The company says it can not do it, however, the average revenue for the company per unit is 7,980 pesos in two shifts, when per shift there are 150 operators driving buses,” he explained.

One of the busiest routes included on the strike list is the Cancun Hotel Zone where both tourists and hotel zone workers use the Turicun bus service on a daily basis.