The United States and Mexico have announced the successful resolution of the USMCA Rapid Response Labor Mechanism (RRM) matter at the Autoliv Steering Wheels Mexico facility in El Marqués in the state of Querétaro, Mexico, where workers were previously denied their freedom of association and collective bargaining rights. After the United States requested Mexico’s review of the matter, Mexico and the company took several actions to address violations of labor law, including reinstating dismissed workers and correcting other employer interference in union activities.
“Mexican law protects workers’ fundamental right to unionize without retaliation or interference from their employer. Today’s announcement shows the important role the RRM plays in ensuring workers can exercise these rights,” Ambassador Katherine Tai said. “I commend the Government of Mexico and Autoliv for the swift resolution to the denials of rights found at the facility.”
“All workers have the right to form or join a union of their choice and to negotiate with their employers to improve their wages and working conditions,” said Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs Thea Lee. “As a result of collaboration and conversations between the government of Mexico, the company and the petitioners, Autoliv workers have a deeper understanding of their rights and have been able to select their representative for negotiations at the plant freely.”
Actions taken by the facility and the Government of Mexico to address the matter include:
- Autoliv reinstating and providing full backpay and benefits to three workers it had unjustly dismissed, and paying full severance to seven more workers who were unjustly dismissed, but chose not to return to the facility;
- Autoliv posting and disseminating a neutrality statement and related guidelines at the facility, affirming its commitment to safeguarding the right to freedom of association;
- The Government of Mexico delivering trainings on freedom of association and collective bargaining rights at the facility for workers and company representatives.