Saturday, September 28, 2002
Fox Reasserting Authority in Mexico

This story in the LA Times describes the ongoing conflict between "conservative" free-market oriented Mexican President Fox (PAN) and the Oil Workers Union, a major component of both PEMEX and the PRI. After several union officials were charged with corruption, the union raised its salary demands in ongoing contract negotiations with PEMEX.

It'll be heartening if it works out the way Fox is directing things, because an end of outrageous corruption in Mexico is probably the single most important event that could happen to really bring Mexico into a larger North American community. His election two years ago was a good start. The story points to several signs that he has fairly broad support for his anti-corruption moves, and any successes he has along those lines would, in my opinion, increase the degree of support for more such moves.