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Washington— AFL-CIO and other organizations filed a complaint with the Biden government on Monday, accusing an auto parts factory in Mexico of violating labor regulations. This move will provide early evidence for the new North American trade agreement and its protection. .
The focus of the complaint is the Tridonex auto parts plant in Matamoros, across from Brownsville, Texas. AFL-CIO stated that workers’ efforts to organize with an independent union SNITIS rather than a company-controlled union have been harassed and fired. Susana Prieto Terrazas, a Mexican labor lawyer and head of SNITIS, was arrested and imprisoned last year in an incident that caused widespread concern.
The Trump administration negotiated a trade agreement between the United States, Mexico, and Canada to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, which took effect last summer. Although the agreement was negotiated by the Republican government, the agreement received strong support from Congressional Democrats, who controlled the House of Representatives and insisted on stricter labor and environmental standards to vote for the agreement.
The trade agreement requires Mexico to make fundamental changes in its labor system. There are widespread false collective agreements, so-called protection contracts, which are implemented without the participation of employees and ensure low wages.
The complaint was filed under a novel “quick response” mechanism in the trade agreement, which allows individual factories to file complaints about violations of labor laws and impose sanctions on the factories. The complaint was filed by AFL-CIO, the International Union of Service Employees, SNITIS and the Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.
The trade agreement aims to improve working conditions and pay Mexican workers. Proponents say it will allow factory owners to persuade factory owners to seek labor from the United States to move to Mexico, thereby benefiting American workers. Enforcing the treaty is one of the main business challenges facing the Biden administration.