Napoleón Gómez Urrutia is a Mexican economist. In 2002 he became General Secretary of the National Union of Mining, Steel and Metalworkers of the Mexican Republic (SNTMMSRM). He was re-elected to the post for a new term in 2008 and appointed President in 2012. He is the son of Napoleón Gómez Sada, who was also a trade union leader in the mining sector for 40 years.
Napoleón Gómez Urrutia was born on 18th August in the city of Monterrey, Nuevo León, son of the mining trade union leader Napoleón Gómez Sada. He received his undergraduate degree in economics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and pursued postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford, UK. For 12 years he was the director of Mexico’s National Mint, a post he left in 1991.
Following the death of his father in October 2001, Gómez Urrutia was named leader of the National Union of Mining, Steel and Metalworkers of the Mexican Republic (SNTMMSRM) in 2002. He was re-elected for a new term in 2008 and named President in 2012.
In 2011 Napoléon Gómez Urrutia received the international Meany-Kirkland Human Rights Award from the AFL-CIO and in 2014 the Norwegian Arthur Svensson prize; that same year he was also nominated for the Edelstam Prize in Sweden. In 2014 he received the New York Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) Gold Medal for the publication of his book The Collapse of Dignity, as well as the Emilio Krieger Medal awarded by the National Association of Democratic Lawyers (ANAD).
In 2014 he also received the ‘Sentimientos de la Nación’ (‘Sentiments of the Nation’) Medal awarded by the People’s Assembly of the Peoples of Guerrero (APPG). He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the IndustriALL Global Union.
Previously, he spent 12 years as Director General of the Mexican Mint and served as president of the international Mint Directors Conference for two years. In 2017 his book Before the Next Revolution was published.
He acts as Mexico’s representative to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).
In 2018 the National Regeneration Movement party (known by its acronym MORENA) nominated Napoleón Gómez Urrutia as a multi-member candidate for the Mexican Senate.
During the XL General Ordinary Convention of the National Union of Mining, Steel and Metalworkers of the Mexican Republic, delegates unanimously welcomed and supported the decision made by the National Executive Committee and the General Council for Security and Justice, to re-elect Napoleón Gómez Urrutia and to appoint him as President of the National Miners Union for 2018-2024.
“From the very first day that I set foot in primary school, my parents taught me and my siblings the importance of a good education. So from a very early age we knew that it was our responsibility to learn as much as we could so that we could become useful citizens, happy and capable of making a contribution to society”, explains Napoleón Gómez Urrutia in his book The Collapse of Dignity.
His passion for economics, at both a macro and micro level, led him to enrol in the Economics Faculty de la National Autonomous University of Mexico. He pursued his studies amidst the major political, economic and social events that took place throughout that era, as well as issues related to social struggles, and he observed the impact of capitalism and socialism of the collective reality of Mexico and the wider world.
Napoleón Gómez Urrutia has a degree in Economics with Honours from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He also studied for anMSc in Economics for Development at the University of Oxford, UK, and went on to pursue doctoral studies at the same university. Having faced many challenges, he completed his studies in two of the world’s most internationally renowned universities.
He received a certificate from the University of Economic Sciences in Berlin, Germany, and was recognized by the UK Universities Society for Latin American Studies.
Full-time professor andcoordinator of the seminar department of the Economics Faculty atUNAM in 1970.
Assistant Director or Subdirector for Planning in the General Directorate of Studies and Projects in the Mexican Government in 1976.
Corporate Director of Planning and Development at Sidermex, a group of Mexico’s three largest metalwork companies with state involvement, along with another 98 subsidiary companies in 1978.
Director General of the Mexican Mint from 1979 to 1991.