Non-Standard Employment under Globalization: Flexible Work by Koichi Usami (eds.)

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Originally, the government had conceived of a reform which included the privatization of not only the pension system but also medical services (Dion 2006: 66–7). But when the IMSS labor union resisted some items included in the government proposal, especially the freedom of entrepreneurs to contract institutions other than the IMSS, Zedillo made a concession to the union by immediately withdrawing this point from the proposal (González Rosetti 2004: 77–8, 82). In the second half of the 1990s, the SNTSS was a mighty organization with 250,000 members.

9 percent in 2004 (INEGI). These figures suggest that from the 1990s, employment opportunities in the formal sector for high school and university graduates decreased. A consideration of the number of workers affiliated with the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) can show us the actual situation of labor flexibility. 3, the number of workers in the private formal sector has trended upward in the past decade or so, except during the financial crisis between 1995 and 1996, and the period of economic stagnation between 2001 and 2003.

However, the first bill calling for revision was drawn up in 1989 by COPARMEX, a management organization. They regarded the growth of productivity and competitive power as the main issues, and saw the following points as essential: flexibility in working hours and terms of contract, the introduction of payment according to ability, the reduction of technical skill training requirements, support for the expansion of employment in small and medium-sized businesses, the decentralization of labor legislation, and labor–management dialogue and cooperation.

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