United States condemns labor rights violations at Queretaro factory

Ggovernment US files seventh labor complaint in Mexico in frame belonging trade agreement aimed at improving working conditions, asking the Mexican authorities to investigate alleged abuse in plant of the American company Unique Fabricating.

civil servants US unions said the Mexican union claimed workers were denied the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining at the Unique Fabricating plant in the state of Querétaro.

Such deprivation would violate USMCA free trade agreement between Mexico, the United States and Canada 2020.

“The union alleges that Unique Fabricating denied the union access to the facility and interfered with its organizational efforts,” the US Department of Labor said in a statement.

Unique Fabricating did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Michigan-based company makes parts for the automotive, consumer and medical industries, and its website lists clients such as Tesla and General Motors.

The Mexican government has ten days to consider the US claim and, if it is accepted, another 45 days to investigate the case. Mexican authorities did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Previous USMCA complaints have led to investigations at companies including automakers General Motors and Stellantis, as well as an ongoing inspection of VU Manufacturing’s auto parts plant in the northern city of Piedras Negras. (Reuters).

Source: Aristegui Noticias