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1 Feb 2021

Markets Insider (USA)

Americas: United Steelworkers Union (USW) states that ‘many of the changes promised to improve the lives of workers remain to be implemented’ when it comes to the Mexican labour reform

“USW Commends Independent Mexico Labor Expert Board, Echoes Call to Strengthen Mexican Labor Rights”, 15 December 2020

...The board, an advisory group established by Congress to monitor labor rights in Mexico under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA), released an interim report on Dec. 15 assessing the current state of Mexican labor reform and endorsing further U.S. support...The report found that "many of the changes promised to improve the lives of workers, in terms of union democracy, freedom of association and collective bargaining, remain to be implemented." The board also determined that Mexico's system of employer-controlled "protection unions" remains intact. The board recommended that the United States carefully monitor Mexico's actions to end violence against worker rights advocates, increase transparency and focus enforcement on priority sectors, which include manufacturing and mining. The U.S. government should accelerate the delivery of aid to strengthen Mexican workers' ability to exercise their rights to organize and bargain under the new law, the board also found. Advancing workers' rights in Mexico will promote a rising standard of living for its people and reduce downward pressure on wages for U.S. workers...