Mexico will immediately respond to US request on General Motors: AMLO

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Andrés Manuel López Obrador, President of Mexico / Photo: Cuartoscuro

MEXICO CITY.- President Andrés Manuel López Obrador He said Mexico will immediately respond to the United States ‘request to review the alleged denial of workers’ rights at a General Motors truck plant in Silao, Guanajuato, the first labor dispute under the T-MEC.

“They will immediately respond because it is, in effect, part of the Treaty”, President López Obrador said in his press conference.

The president said that it is a good thing that this type of labor dispute is resolved according to the new rules established in the trade agreement between Mexico, the United States and Canada.

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“It is a good thing, because before the Treaty did not contemplate the labor situation and now it contemplates that workers have to receive fair wages and benefits, but also that they have to freely choose, also democratically, their union representatives”said the president.

He expressed yes in a company that exports to USA there is mistreatment of workers, if fair wages are not being paid, if there is no democracy, you have to intervene.

“A government-to-government dialogue is established and the company is asked to comply with its rights or, rather, with its labor obligations.”

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The United States trade representative, Katherine Tai, asked Mexico to review whether the employees of the facilities in Silao, Guanajuato, are denied the right of free association and collective bargaining, the Office of the United States Trade Representative reported in a release.

The Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare reported in April that it overturned a union-led vote at the plant upon discovering that unused ballots had been destroyed.

In addition, when he asked the union to hand over the votes that had already been cast for inspection, the union refused, according to preliminary information from the agency.

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