Manuel García Espinoza

Ashoka Fellow
Mexico,
Fellow Since 1989
Centro Rural Integrador de Salud y Educación (CRISE)

Citation

This profile was prepared when Manuel García Espinoza was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1989.
The New Idea
Manuel Garcia is setting up Monterrey's first Worker's Center to give legal training to independent trade unions, help dismissed workers assert their legal rights. He also hopes to set up a labor exchange to inform workers of new employment opportunities and help groups organize themselves into new cooperatives.
The idea for the Worker's Center grew out of a movement for dismissed workers which he set up in 1985. Garcia felt it was not enough, just to give legal backing to workers claiming dismissal pay. What they needed was trade union organization, new sources of employment, and respect for their rights. This is what the Center hopes to achieve.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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