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Union bosses get free cars

MEXICO: Every year before teachers' pay discussions begin, 35 negotiators from the State of Mexico Teacher Union are given a free car by the state government, Fernando Zamora Morales, the union's boss has revealed.

The state, in central Mexico, gives a further 83 new vehicles a year to be raffled among the union's 30,000 members on Teachers' Day. Mr Morales told a Mexican newspaper that he saw nothing amiss with the gifts - worth approximately US $1.5m.

"All of them are Nissan Tsurus (mid-size saloons). I don't think they're luxury models," he said.

Mr Morales said the free cars were a necessity as there were 15,000 schools in the state that had to be visited by union representatives.

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