The complaint by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) last week marked the second time the United States has reported potential labor abuse in Mexico under the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) agreement, which replaced NAFTA.
Mexican officials have said they have accepted the US request for a review of Tridonex in the border town of Matamoros to determine whether workers have the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining.
“The Ministry of the Economy, in coordination with the Ministry of Labor and other parties concerned, will examine the case to determine with legal elements and facts whether or not there is a denial of the referenced labor rights,” said the departments said in a statement.
Mexican authorities have until July 24 to submit their findings to their US counterparts, the statement added.
Cardone Industries Inc, the parent company of Philadelphia-based Tridonex, said the claims are inaccurate and respect workers’ rights.
General Motors Co has also come under scrutiny in Mexico after the USTR filed a USMCA complaint in May against the company’s pickup truck plant in the state of Guanajuato for possible rights violations during a vote on the collective agreement.
(Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon; editing by Diane Craft)