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A compendium of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) deal is seen at the Senate building in Mexico City, Mexico May 30, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

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MEXICO CITY, Aug 2 (Reuters) – A Mexican union on Tuesday said it will request a U.S. labor complaint over alleged worker rights violations at a BBB Industries auto-parts plant in northern Mexico, the latest effort to leverage terms of a regional trade deal.

U.S. labor authorities have filed five complaints since last year, all in the autos sector. The Mexican government has complained the mechanism is being applied before states have time to reform their workplaces.

Under the 2020 United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which has tougher worker rights rules than its 1994 predecessor free-trade agreement, activists have increasingly flagged alleged misconduct around union representation and demanded higher wages after years of stagnate pay.

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In a petition to U.S. labor officials, Mexican union SNITIS said workers were intimidated and threatened among other irregularities during a contract vote by union members last month at BBB Industries in the border city of Reynosa.

BBB, a privately held Alabama-based company which refurbishes car parts, did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

A representative for CTM, a powerful union that holds the BBB contract and many more across Mexico’s autos sector, said the group follows strict voting protocols and …….

Source: https://www.reuters.com/business/autos-transportation/mexican-union-urges-us-labor-complaint-bbb-auto-parts-plant-2022-08-02/

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