In two months, the governments of Mexico and the United States managed to successfully resolve the fourth labor case against a Mexican company under the rules of the T-MEC Rapid Response Labor Mechanism. In this case, the accusation was against the company Teksid Hierro de México, which they accused of denying the rights of free association and collective bargaining.
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR for its acronym in English) reported that they successfully resolved this accusation made by the workers of the Teksid Hierro plant located in Frontera, Coahuila.
The US government through the USTR affirmed that “the measures taken after invoking the Rapid Response Mechanism of the Treaty between Mexico, the United States and Canada (T-MEC) will help end eight years of labor rights violations against workers at Teksin and promote freedom of association and collective bargaining.”
USA submitted the request to Mexico on June 6, 2022but it was not until June 15 that the Mexican government formally admitted it.
The actions agreed between the governments and the company were the following: Give the independent union access to company premises to represent workers.
In second place, they were given an office space within the plant so that the union can have a place to attend to its representatives.
Third, it was agreed that the company will pay the union dues withheld from the workers and that are owed to the independent union.
They also agreed reinstate 36 workers and pay back wages to themas well as additional compensation because they were fired for protesting against the company for wanting to be part of an independent union.
Finally, it was agreed to issue a declaration of neutrality, as well as a declaration that the only valid collective agreement is the one deposited at the federal level.
With that there are four cases that have been resolved under said mechanismwhich are: General Motors, Panasonic and Tridonex, although the latter was resolved bilaterally, that is, between the company and the US government, since the Mexican government did not accept it under the T-MEC Mechanism as it deals with previous events. upon entry into force of the trade agreement.
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