August 11, 2021 | 9:48 am
The United States and auto parts company Tridonex have agreed to compensate workers who have denounced violations of their labor rights under the T-MEC Free Trade Agreement, the US government said.
National and foreign workers deserve the right to collective bargaining for fair wages and decent working conditions without fear of reprisals
United States Trade Representative Catherine Taye said in a statement from her office.
USTR and auto parts company Tridonex, incorporated in Matamoros, Tamaulipas (North), have agreed to compensate 154 laid-off factory workers with at least nine months’ salary, whose late payment totals more than $600,000, the prospectus said.
The agreement was the result of a June 9 request by the United States to Mexico that the Department of Economy (SE) received to review waged worker complaints based on T-MEC’s Rapid Response Labor Mechanism protections, for its enforcement of workers’ rights at auto parts company facilities, the agency said. Responsible for Tatiana Clotheer in a statement.
After receiving the request, the federal government conducted an internal investigation based on the provisions of Annex 31-A of the Mexico-United States-Canada Treaty (T-MEC), after which it was determined that, as they were events prior to the entry into force of the trade agreement, there was no denial of rights For factory workers in the sense of what it states.
In light of this, the Mexican government accepted the request on June 19 and established that if labor violations are identified, a compensation cycle must be agreed with their US government counterparts.
Tridonex must also support its workers
Taye added that Tridonex, a subsidiary of US company Cardon Industries, should “support the right of its workers to determine their union representation without coercion, including protecting its workers from intimidation and harassment.”
The statement explained that on May 10, trade unions and civil society organizations appeared against the Matamoros-based company, alleging alleged violations of the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining.
For the second time, the union rights protection mechanism set out in the T-MEC, which superseded the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in July 2020, is used.
The first happened in May last year when Washington summoned the T-MEC to ask its neighbor to the south to specify If the trade union rights of workers From the General Motors plant in Silao, Guanajuato, he was raped.
The separation of labor at T-MEC commits Canada, the United States, and Mexico to ensuring genuine collective bargaining, union democracy, and freedom of association for employees of companies doing business in the region.
Mexico in 2019 enacted a labor reform that Democratic members of Congress demanded approval of the T-MEC.
With information from Agence France-Presse