LatinNews Daily - 15 July 2022

In brief: Mexico resolves US labour rights complaint

*Mexico’s economy ministry (SE) and labour ministry (STPS) have announced the resolution of a labour rights review, which had been requested by the office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) under the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)’s Rapid Response Labour Mechanism (RRLM). The case in question was related to concerns that workers at a Panasonic auto parts plant in Reynosa city, Tamaulipas state, were being denied the rights of free association and collective bargaining. The ministries commended the “capacity for dialogue and commitment” of the workers’ union at the plant, which they said had allowed them to resolve the review request within the stipulated 45-day period. The ministries said the workers had been guaranteed the right to choose the union that best represented them and to participate in collective bargaining through a personal, free, secret and direct vote. “The results of this negotiation emanating from authentic representation achieved a 9.5% salary increase, the reinstatement of 19 workers with their respective back pay, the reimbursement of union dues improperly deducted, and the reimbursement of payments omitted for their union activity,” reads a joint statement. The USTR celebrated the collaboration of the Mexican government on the matter, noting that this was the third time that a successful resolution of a labour complaint had been reached through the RRLM.

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