Mexican Oil Company Pays Workers to Be Thin

  • In addition to this incentive for not getting fat, Petroleos Mexicano's employees will be entitled to a productivity bonus that will be 30.85% of the ordinary salary.
  • They can also receive $330 for gasoline expenses and $400 for LP gas every 14 days.

Pemex, Mexican oil company workers will receive a bonus of approximately $5,545 for not exceeding 90 abdomen centimeters in men and 80 centimeters in women, and this program is regarded as a weight loss program. In the collective bargaining contract negotiations with Pemex’s union, the company agreed to an increase in the salary and benefits, but what stands out is that every employee will be entitled to this health bonus if they lose weight and maintain the loss until 2021.

Petróleos Mexicanos, which translates to Mexican Petroleum, but is trademarked and better known as Pemex, is the Mexican state-owned petroleum company, created in 1938 by nationalization or expropriation of all private, foreign, and domestic oil companies at that time. Pemex had total assets worth $415.75 billion, and was the world’s second-largest non-publicly listed company by total market value (in December 2005), and Latin America’s second-largest enterprise by annual revenue as of 2009, surpassed only by Petrobras (the Brazilian National Oil Company). The majority of its shares are not listed publicly and are under control of the Mexican government, with the value of its publicly listed shares totaling $202 billion in 2010, representing approximately one quarter of the company’s total net worth.

Workers negotiated an increase to the ordinary salary of 3.37% and 1.80% for benefits.

According to a copy of the contract obtained by the media, it is specified that Pemex workers will be entitled to a health incentive that has  already been in force for almost three years. In addition to this incentive for not getting fat, Petroleos Mexicano‘s employees will be entitled to a productivity bonus that will be 30.85% of the ordinary salary. They can also receive $330 for gasoline expenses and $400 for LP gas every 14 days. Pemex will have to allocate $2.5 million daily to cover the expenses of gasoline and LP gas of Pemex workers.

For his part, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) said that savings were obtained in the revisions of the Pemex workers contract, and he specified that the adjustments are focused on high-ranking officials, where per diem and commission payments were cut.

Pemex released a statement saying:

“In order to consolidate the policy of maximum administrative efficiency and financial discipline, both parties reached an agreement in the Collective Labor Contract, which reflects the fair demands of the workers. [Pemez] also agreed to harmonize the company’s expenses towards the union leadership, with the austerity framework that distinguishes this administration.”

A joint statement from the company and union stated:

“[A]lways in an environment respecting labor rights, they will continue to build a constructive and institutional relationship to strengthen the company by boosting its efficiency and competitiveness, to consolidate itself as the lever of the national energy development industry for the benefit of all Mexicans, which will allow them to face future challenges until they reach energy sovereignty. “

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