The United States calls on Mexico to investigate a second complaint regarding labor law violations in its auto industry.
The Biden administration is citing provisions in a new trade deal asking Mexico to review charges of labor law violations at an auto parts factory near the U.S. border.
The action, announced Wednesday by the Department of Labor and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, follows a complaint from groups including the AFL-CIO, the country’s largest federation of unions, that workers were being denied the rights of free association and collective bargaining. .
The AFL-CIO said workers at the Tridonex factory in Matamoros, across the border from Brownsville, Texas, were harassed and fired for their efforts to organize with an independent union instead. a union controlled by the company. Tridonex is owned by Cardone Industries, a Philadelphia-based auto parts manufacturer.
This is the second time the United States has asked Mexico to consider a labor rights issue under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which entered into force last summer. The agreement provides for a “rapid response” mechanism that provides for the filing of complaints and the application of sanctions to an individual plant.
“This announcement demonstrates our commitment to using the tools of the agreement to defend workers at home and abroad,” Katherine Tai, the US trade representative, said in a statement, noting that Mexico has 10 days to agree to conduct a review and, if consented, 45 days to remedy the situation.
The United States last month asked Mexico to examine whether labor law violations occurred at a General Motors plant in central Guanajuato state in a recent vote on a convention collective. Mexico acceded to the request the same day.