Latin America: New Pattern for Pemex

Mexico's high-riding oil workers got a jolt. When riggers and refinery men walked out last week, in one of their periodic 24-hour stoppages to force wage concessions, the new Alemán Government cracked right back. Troops were called out to guard property of Pemex, the Government's oil monopoly. Furthermore, deliveries went on: jeeploads of soldiers with machine guns at the ready convoyed gas trucks through the capital's streets.

New Secretary of Labor Andres Serra Rojas called the strike illegal, said he would have the law on its leaders. At week's end the new chief of Pemex, Antonio Bermúdez, went farther, fired 50 leaders...

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