By KELIN DILLON
Following U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris’s visit to Mexico, where she tackled issues like labor reform, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai and U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh launched a second complaint against Mexico for its alleged violation of workers’ rights under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
The officials allege Mexico has denied collective bargaining and free association rights to workers at the Tridonex plant in Matamoros, Tamaulipas. A previous complaint was filed in May against the General Motors plant in Silao, Guanajuato, for the same supposed infractions.
“The Rapid Response Mechanism (of the USMCA) was created to quickly address labor disputes, and this announcement demonstrates our commitment to using the agreement’s tools to defend workers at home and abroad,” said Tai.
Mexico has 10 days to carry out a review of the plant, and 45 days to fix the situation under the treaty’s stipulations.
“We hope to continue working closely with the government of Mexico to resolve this matter,” said Walsh.
For its part, Mexican Secretariat of Labor and Social Welfare (STPS) affirmed it is “committed to guaranteeing due compliance with the treaty in favor of the recognition and respect of the rights of workers in Mexico and the North American region.”
The news of the complaint comes just days after Harris announced the United States would be giving Mexico $130 million to assist with the country’s ongoing labor reform.