The Biden administration is implementing a provision in a new trade deal to ask Mexico to look into allegations of labor violations at an auto-parts plant near the US border.
The action announced Wednesday by the Department of Labor and the Office of the United States Trade Representative follows A complaint by groups including the AFL-CIO, the country’s largest union union, that workers were being denied the rights of free union and collective bargaining.
The AFL-CIO said that workers at the Tridonex plant in Matamoros, across the border from Brownsville, Texas, were harassed and fired over their attempts to organize with an independent union in place of one controlled by the company. Tridonex is owned by Cardone Industries, an aftermarket auto-parts manufacturer based in Philadelphia.
This is the second time the United States has sought a Mexican review of the labor rights issue under United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which took effect last summer. The agreement has a “rapid response” mechanism that provides for complaints to be brought against and fines imposed on the individual factory.
“This announcement demonstrates our commitment to using the tools in an agreement to stand up for workers at home and abroad,” U.S. Trade Representative Catherine Tai said in a statement, noting that Mexico has agreed to review It has 10 days to happen and, if it’s agreed, 45 days to rectify the situation.
Last month the US asked Mexico to review Whether there was a labor violation at the General Motors plant In the central state of Guanajuato in connection with the recent vote on the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Mexico agreed to the request the same day.