In Jalisco, the electronic industry is the one offering more opportunities to this population sector
According with figures from the Ministry of Labor and Social Security (STPS, by its Spanish initials) the 6.4 % of Mexico’s population – equivalent to 7.6 million people - have some kind of disability.
One of the most important challenges for people with disabilities is to find a job. The private initiative has played a very important role to promote the inclusion in the work world, through a culture increasingly noticed that promotes the elimination of barriers to guarantee the work rights of this population sector.
Continental company, from its two plants located in the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area, it is one of the manufacturers committed with labor inclusion. Adriana Perez Aguilar, human resources director of the firm in the Periferico plant, settled that according to different studies of which Continental has been participant, seven of every 10 people considered from vulnerable groups are unemployed.
The company seeks to be consolidated as an inclusive and equitable work center, for this it works in different strategies for the inclusion of vulnerable groups in the workforce.
“In Continental we are committed with shortening that gap,” she said highlighting that the company favors hiring people with disabilities and elderly people, in addition of providing facilities and friendly schemes for pregnant women.
Perez Aguilar commented that in 2015 the company opened its doors to labor inclusion. Currently, the house molding line is constituted almost completely by deaf-mute people; while in the production, quality, training, administrative and R&D areas they have people with blindness and motor disabilities.
“Labor inclusion is part of our DNA; it is something that comes from our corporate in Germany. When you hire someone without distinguishing sex, religion and other factors, you really focus in what is important, which is people’s talent,” said Fernanda Vizcarra Vizcarra, human resources director at Continental Tijera plant.
Currently six people with disabilities work at the Tijera plant, while in the Periferico plant are about 150 workers that belong to vulnerable groups.
Human resources responsible commented that an important challenge has been the infrastructure adapting for the best development of its workers, with modifications that go from ramps to alarm systems with stroboscopic lights.
However, they coincide in that these actions have achieved a significant impact in the company’s culture, thus in the labor environment. In the Periferico plant, for example, there are several workers trained in sign language to better interact with their deaf-mute colleagues.
The director of the Periferico plant shared that this year they will be postulating to obtain the Distinctive Inclusive Company “Gilberto Rincon Gallardo,” considered the maximum federal recognition in matters of labor inclusion.
The multinational has worked with different entities aiming to procure hiring people with disabilities; in 2018 priority will be given to cultivate relations such as this one. Likewise, they are reviewing to include people with Down syndrome and of short size.
Monitoring compliance of federal regulations
Daniel Curiel Rodriguez, coordinator of the Council of Industrial Chambers of Jalisco (CCIJ, by its Spanish initials) said in interview that from this organism is monitored that companies in Jalisco comply with federal regulations in that issue.
“We believe it is important that any person that which to work to make a living can do it. It is people with very different attitude, they are committed and loyal to their job,” he said.
He anticipated that the CCIJ is about to celebrate an agreement with an association dedicated to labor inclusion of people with disabilities, aimed to invite Chambers’ members and their companies actively participate in that topic.
On the other hand, he said that the electronic Industry, of footwear and clothing are the ones that offer more spaces for people with some kind of disability in the state of Jalisco.
Civil society, an important actor
According to Socorro Piña Montiel, president of the Associative Movement of Jalisco for People with Disabilities (MADIJAL, by its Spanish initials) technology has also been a facilitator for labor inclusion, since it has introduced new modalities such as remote work or home office, which also allows a balance between work and private life.
MADIJAL is a Civil Association initiated in 2008 that brings together 24 entities and institutions that work on the topic of people with disabilities, integrated with the intention of influencing more forcefully state public policy. Through MADIJAL, the first Law for the Attention and Integral Development of People with Disabilities of the State of Jalisco was promoted.
The Association has worked on the subject with the Mexican Chamber of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technologies (CANIETI, by its Spanish initials) Jabil, Sanmina and Flex. “The electronic manufacturing sector is the sector that hires people with disabilities the most. More than the fiscal benefits, it is because of the internal policies companies have,” said the president.
10 years after the creation of MADIJAL, the president considers that there has been a change in the mentality of companies and in society itself.
From the perspective of a young person with a disability, Fernanda Rios Silva, a graduate in Communication Sciences and Techniques, assures that physical obstacles are the main barrier to work in a work center, rather than the prejudices of employers.
“Each year the number of people with disabilities who are inserted in the work increases. Jalisco is one of the states that have more people with disabilities hired,” concluded Pina Montiel.