LatinNews Daily - 10 February 2023

In brief: Mexico to review labour rights for second time at Coahuila factory

* Mexico’s economy (SE) and labour (STPS) ministries have released a joint statement accepting a request from US Trade Representative Katherine Tai to review whether workers at the Manufacturas Vu auto parts factory in Piedras Negras municipality, Coahuila state, are being denied the right of free association and collective bargaining. Tai filed the request – the second in relation to the factory – under the Rapid Response Labour Mechanism (RRM) in the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on regional trade on 30 January. “Despite this facility taking positive actions in 2022, some of the failures we identified previously appear to be recurring,” said Tai. The US and Mexico resolved a previous labour rights review at the plant in September 2022, following a supervised union representation election, in which workers voted to elect an independent union, Liga Sindical Obrera Mexicana (LSOM), which became the first union to represent workers at the facility for purposes of collective bargaining. According to the SE and STPS, the recent request relates to “alleged acts of union discrimination on the part of the company that has hindered the negotiation in good faith of a new collective contract”.  The Mexican government has agreed to complete the review within 45 days, as per USMCA terms.

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