The review is based on a request submitted by the Mexican Airline Pilots Association (ASPA) to US authorities at the end of July. Image file
The government of Mexico has accepted a request to review labor rights at Aerotransportes Mas de Carga (Mas Air), which was sued by the United States government under the North American Free Trade Agreement, or T-MEC.
The Mexico City-based air cargo company will be the first in the sector under review for T-MEC’s rapid response mechanism.
“Since this request was accepted, the Department of Labor and Welfare has a period of 35 days to conduct an internal investigation to determine the presence or absence of a denial of the rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining at the company,” he said. The Ministry of Economy, in a statement.
The review is based on a request submitted by the Mexican Airline Pilots Association (ASPA) to the US authorities, regarding violations of freedom of association and collective bargaining on July 31.
The conflict between ASPA and the airline began after three pilots joined the union organization under a labor reform law that allows workers to join the union of their choice.
After that, the company fired the pilots under the pretext of organizational restructuring.
The International Federation of Airline Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) even requested some restrictions on Mas Air, such as banning solution services by other airlines; Capacity freeze, which will prevent it from flying with SkyTeam airlines, among others.
Only on August 30 did the union organization report that the complaint had been accepted, after finding elements confirming that the airline’s management and the union organization that represented the affected pilots “interfered with the free decision” to seek ASPA representation.
Publication date: 08/09/2023
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