U.S Wants Mexico to look Into Labor Rights Violations Allegations at General Motors Plant

The government of United States has asked Mexico to look into allegations of labor rights violations at a plant of General Motors (GM) factory located in Mexico. The administration of President Biden reached the government of Mexico on May 12 requiring it to examine and provide a report on the matter.

Katherine Tai, United Sates Trade representative said the agency together with the U.S. Department of Labor have received allegations suggesting serious violations of employees rights at Silao factory in central Mexico.

This request makes it the first time a country is using the Rapid Response Labor Mechanism in U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) which allows for countries to point out labor violations at specific countries.

General Motors is the most profitable automaker under the new USMCA on trade.

Minister of labor in Mexico said some serious irregularities in the union-led worker vote at the General Motors factory happened during the voting exercise. The Ministry ordered for a fresh worker voting to be held within 30 days.

According to the Ministry, some ballots were destroyed during the workers voting exercise. The 6,000 workers in the plant are voting in favor to have their labor contracts ratified.

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