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7 Mar 2023

El Economista

Mexico: Under the USMCA, the US requests investigation at Unique Fabricating plant for alleged violation of free association and collective bargaining rights

"US files new labor complaint in Mexico, eyeing allegations at Unique Fabricating", 07 March 2023

...The U.S. government...filed its seventh labor complaint in Mexico under a trade pact that aims to improve workplace conditions, asking Mexican officials to probe alleged rights abuses at a plant owned by U.S. firm Unique Fabricating Inc.

U.S. labor officials said a Mexican union alleged workers were denied the rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining at Unique Fabricating's plant in the central state of Queretaro, in violation of the 2020 United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)...

Unique Fabricating did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Michigan-based company makes parts for the automotive, appliance and medical sectors...

The Mexican government has ten days to review the U.S. request, and if it accepts, another 45 days to investigate the case. Mexican officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment...