T-MEC settles 11 industrial disputes between Mexico, Canada and the US – El Sol de México

According to the report of the Ministry of Economy, there are 11 proposals registered between Mexico, the United States and Canada registered in the industrial sector, according to the report of the Mexico, United States and Canada Treaty (T-MEC).

According to the document, from November 2020 to March 2022, disputes were filed between Mexico and the United States; United States and Canada, Mexico and Canada; and covers the other three countries.

The resolutions include, according to the economy, rules of origin of the automotive sector, products such as: large-diameter welded pipes, steel bars for concrete reinforcement (rods), photovoltaic cells, tariff quota allocation measures for dairy products, softwoods and drywall.

Through the report, it was indicated that one of the innovations of the treaty is that it incorporates obligations on the electronic presentation of documents in matters of dispute resolution.

From August 2021, the three national sections that make up the T-MEC Secretariat have implemented an electronic platform called TAS e-filing system by signing an understanding for its use.

The platform also provides publicly available information on Chapter 10 (Trade Remedy), 31 (Dispute Settlement), and Labor Rapid Response Mechanism dispute resolution matters.

Thus, the TAS e-filing system is a tool that provides greater transparency to the dispute resolution mechanism.

Through this platform, there is also a demand to facilitate the administration of cases and presentation of information within the framework of dispute resolution procedures, reported the Ministry of Economy.

The third controversy in the automotive sector

For the third time, the United States has asked Mexican officials to review whether workers at the Panasonic Automotive Systems de México plant in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, are being denied their rights to free union and collective bargaining in union elections.

It is the number three request made by the United States on Mexico under the Rapid Response Labor Mechanism (RRM, for its abbreviation in English) implemented in the treaty, a claim made in the national automotive sector.

“This announcement demonstrates once again that when concerns arise, we will act swiftly to protect workers on both sides of the border,” US Trade Representative Catherine Tai said in a letter to the Treasury Department.

Following the request, Mexico has ten days to agree to the review and, if it agrees, 45 days from the announcement to resolve the review.

Last year, the United States submitted two review requests to Mexico. These requests were the first two times a country had used the new RRM, and each resulted in substantial tangible benefits for workers in both countries.

On that occasion, US officials requested a review at the General Motors plant in Silao, Guanajuato, as well as at auto parts maker Tridonex’s Matamoros, Tamaulipas plant.


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