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Rapid Response Labor Mechanism
As a result of the AFL-CIO’s request, the U.S. government activated the Rapid Response Labor Mechanism on June 9, 2021 for alleged violations of freedom of association and collective bargaining rights committed by TRIDONEX.
Following the request, the Mexican government conducted an internal investigation based on the provisions of Annex 31-A of the MEFTA. In this regard, the Ministries of Economy (SE) and Labor and Social Security (STPS) concluded that «since the facts were prior to the entry into force of the Agreement, there was no denial of workers’ rights».
However, the U.S. government reached an agreement with TRIDONEX (subsidiary of Cardone Industries) in which the company commits to:
- Provide each of the more than 154 workers laid off from the plant with severance pay and 6 months of back pay, to reach a total of at least 9 months of pay.
- Support the right of its workers to determine their union representation without coercion, protecting its workers from intimidation, harassment and receiving election observers during any voting.
- Provide training to all workers on their rights to collective bargaining and freedom of association.
Additionally, the Government of Mexico has agreed to help facilitate the company’s worker rights training, oversee any union representation elections at the plant, and investigate any claims of worker rights violations reported by employees at the plant.
Investment in Batteries and Semiconductors
Mexico is interested in attracting investment in semiconductors, pharmaceuticals, aerospace and, research and manufacturing areas.
According to Secretary of Economy Tatiana Clouthier, these sectors are of strategic importance. On the one hand, the Secretary maintains that the opportunity for collaboration with the private sector lies in the strengthening of value chains, that is to say, with greater national content, incorporating more small and medium-sized companies in their supply chains.
Shortage of semiconductors
It is important to note that semiconductors are used by different key sectors for Mexico such as automotive, telephony, IT, among others and any disruption in their supply chain could cost companies millions, as was evident during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Source: The Economist
México Primer Socio Comercial de los Estados Unidos
After the first 6 months of 2021 Mexico keeps the crown as United States first trading partner, with a 14.7% share of total U.S. trade, followed by Canada with 14.5% and China with 13.9%.
Total trade flow between Mexico and the United States accumulated 320 billion dollars from January to June
#ICYMI: 🇲🇽#Mexico holds its position as the 🇺🇸#UnitedStates’🔝trading partner during the first semester of 2021❗️— Embassy of Mexico in the U.S. (@EmbamexEUA) August 7, 2021
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However, despite the good results in the aggregate figures, Mexico ranks second in both exports and imports.
In the first six months of the year, exports from the United States to Mexico to our country totaled 133 billion 529 million dollars. China surpassed Mexico in this area with 229.6 billion dollars.
On the other hand, U.S. imports from Mexico amounted to 186.440 billion dollars and represented 13.8%. Mexico was surpassed by Canada with 148.9 billion dollars.