The Department of Labor’s Office of Trade and Labor Affairs has accepted for review a submission alleging that the government of Mexico has violated the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation by failing to effectively enforce its labor laws with respect to freedom of association, collective bargaining, discrimination, minimum labor standards, occupational safety and health, and workers’ compensation and to ensure that its labor law proceedings are fair, equitable and transparent.

OTLA states that this announcement is not intended to indicate any determination as to the validity or accuracy of the allegations; instead, the objective of the review will be to gather information so the agency can better understand the allegations and publicly report on the issues raised therein in light of Mexico’s obligations under the NAALC. The agency expects to complete its review and issue a public report within 180 days.

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