The United States denounces labor abuses in the Querétaro factory

The Ggovernment of the United States filed its seventh labor complaint in Mexico in the frame of the trade agreement that seeks to improve working conditions, asking the Mexican authorities to investigate alleged abuses in a plant of the American firm Unique Fabricating.

civil servants US labor unions said a Mexican union alleged that workers were denied the rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining at the Unique Fabricating plant in Querétaro state.

Such deprivations would violate the USMCA free trade agreement between Mexico, the United States and Canada of 2020.

“The union alleges that Unique Fabricating refused to allow union access to the facility and interfered with its organizing efforts,” the US Department of Labor said in a statement.

Unique Fabricating did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Michigan-based company makes parts for the automotive, appliance and medical industries, and its website lists clients such as Tesla and General Motors.

The Mexican government has ten days to review the US claim and, if accepted, another 45 days to investigate the case. Mexican authorities did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Previous USMCA complaints have led to investigations at companies including automakers General Motors and Stellantis, as well as an ongoing review at the VU Manufacturing auto parts plant in the northern city of Piedras Negras. (Reuters).

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