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Mexico admits US labor review in an automotive plant under the T-MEC

The Mexican government admitted a United States labor review for the alleged violation of workers’ rights at the Tridonex auto parts plant in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, on the border with Texas.

The Ministry of Economy (SE) assured that it will analyze the case together with the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare (STPS) to determine if the freedom of association required by the new Treaty between Mexico, the United States and Canada (T-MEC) was violated. ).

“The Ministry of Economy, on behalf of the Government of Mexico, yesterday sent to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR, in English) a communication indicating that the request for review received on June 9 was admitted,” reported the dependence on a statement.

Unions in the United States have denounced since May the alleged denial of freedom of association and collective bargaining of the company’s workers in Matamoros.

This sparked a reaction from the USTR, which also asked last month to review similar labor disputes at the General Motors (GM) plant in Silao, in the central state of Guanajuato.

In the case of the Matomoros Tidonex plant, the SE reported that the review should be shared with the United States “at the latest” on July 24.

“If the existence of a denial of rights is determined, a reparation course must be agreed with the counterparts of the United States Government,” he said.

Mexico has opted for the T-MEC to recover after the historical contraction of 8.2% suffered in 2020 by the COVID-19 crisis.

The Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP) of the Government estimates for this year a recovery of more than 6%, particularly in the export sector, with the United States as the destination for more than 80% of sales.

But the United States has increased pressure on workers’ rights and even Vice President Kamala Harris announced $ 130 million in cooperation during her visit to Mexico on June 8 to implement the labor reform.

“The Government of Mexico reaffirms its commitment to due compliance with the labor commitments contained in the T-MEC and in national legislation,” he concluded. the Ministry of Economy.

With information from EFE

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