Mexican congress in heated debate on labor reform
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Leftist legislators have mounted a heated battle in Mexico's lower house of congress in a bid to block the passage of legislation that would change the country's 1970's-era labor laws.
The measure originally would have democratized Mexico's autocratic unions, but those clauses were largely watered down or left out in the version now before lawmakers.
What angers the left the most now are provisions that would allow part-time work, hourly wages and outsourcing of jobs. Supporters say that will give business more flexibility and encourage hiring.
Congress voted to approve the general precepts of the bill by 351 votes to 130, but some of the most hotly contested points must still be voted on one by one.
Once passed, the measure will go to the Senate for consideration.
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