Mexican union urges U.S. labor complaint at BBB auto-parts plant – Reuters

August 2, 2022 by No Comments

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 the terms of a regional trade deal.

U.S. labor authorities have filed five complaints since last year – all in the autos sector – irritating parts of the Mexican government which has complained that the mechanism is being applied before states have time to implement workplace reforms.

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 amid demands for 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.

Such contract votes by union members are required under a labor reform that underpins the USMCA, and are …….



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