Autoliv denied labor rights at the Querétaro plant: Mexico and the US analyze a solution

The government of Mexico resolved that the maker of components for the automotive sector Autoliv Steering Wheels Mexico denied workers from its plant located in Querétaroexercise their labor rights of freedom of association and collective bargaining.

The Secretariats of Economy (SE) and Labor and Social Security (STPS) indicated that after carrying out a investigation internal processing of the request by the United States government through the Rapid Response Labor Mechanism in Specific Facilities (MLRR) of the T-MEC, The Mexican government assured that these complaints were resolved.

“In the investigation, the existence of certain Actions by Autoliv Steering Wheels México that constituted a denial of such rights,” both agencies said.

However, they assured that during the investigation period, the company carried out several actions of repair for workers, with support from the STPS, among which stand out a letter of commitment to neutrality in union affairs and guidelines for the behavior of company personnel.

Likewise, the STPS provided training to workers at the plant located in El Marqués, Querétaro, on rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining. In addition, the company reinstated three workers and terminated seven more, in accordance with the Federal Labor Law (LFT).

Finally, the Mexican government indicated that the complaint was resolved within the period of 45 calendar days established by the T-MEC for the internal investigation and the closure of the case will be analyzed jointly by the governments of Mexico and the United States.

Mexico could file a complaint with the T-MEC for closing border bridges in Texas

Jassiel Valdelamar

Mexico could file a formal complaint with the T-MEC and the World Trade Organization (WTO) due to the persistent closures of crossing bridges by Texas, which are generating a negative impact on bilateral trade, according to experts.

Pedro Canabalpartner at the firm Baker Tilly and expert in international trade, warned that the situation in Texas has reached a point where Mexico could consider using dispute settlement mechanisms. controversies provided for in the T-MECspecifically in Chapter 31, which addresses the resolution of State versus State disputes.

He explained that this chapter provides a framework to address complaints related to trade facilitation and trade obstruction.