The Mexican government has announced it will launch a review of labor practices at the General Motors production facility in Silao, Guanajuato, located in central Mexico. The review follows reports of labor rights violations at the GM facility.
Just yesterday, GM Authority covered the news that General Motors was facing questions over possible labor rights violations at the Silao facility, with senior U.S. lawmakers sending a letter to GM CEO Mary Barra stating that the automaker has a responsibility to “speak out against violations of labor and human rights abuses at the Silao GM plant.”
Then on Wednesday, the Mexican economy and labor ministries issued a statement that they had received a request from the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) urging the Mexican government to “conduct a review of the alleged denial of rights to workers at the General Motors plant in Silao, Guanajuato,” per a recent report from Reuters.
It was previously alleged that a worker vote held at the facility last month had been tampered with, as evidence of destroyed ballots were found at the Confederation of Mexican Workers (CTM) union offices. The vote in question was over whether to continue to recognize the CTM as the union controlling the plant’s labor contract.
According to leaders pushing for the ratification of a new union, General Motors had threatened workers who would choose to to vote against ratification of CTM.
Mexican authorities have since ordered a new vote to be held.
Under the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement free trade pact, the Biden administration asked that Mexican authorities look into possible labor rights violations at the GM facility.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador commented on the situation this week, stating that both the Mexican government and U.S. government would need to work together to insure that worker rights remain protected, per Reuters.
Going forward, it’s possible tariffs could be levied on some GM vehicles.