Union workers at the General Motors Silao plant in Mexico will vote on a new contract on August 20, according to a new report from Reuters.
The ratification vote was originally held back in April, with workers voting to keep their current contract with the Confederation of Mexican Workers, or CTM union. However, Mexican officials later raised concerns over apparent voting “irregularities,” including evidence of destroyed ballots. The United States then asked Mexico to review the vote over potential United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement violations.
Now the union has confirmed the second contract ratification vote will happen on the vote deadline day of August 20. In a statement, GM said it supports “a free and fair vote in August.”
“We look forward to continuing to work with U.S. and Mexican government officials in support of the shared goal to protect workers’ rights,” the automaker said.
Workers have spoken out against the current union over low wages, poor workplace safety and a lack of COVID-19 safety protocols. A handful of workers also tried to form their own union, but were later fired.
The U.S. Trade Representative Office told Reuters the current contract between the union and the GM Silao plant would be terminated if the vote does not occur by August 20. The Mexican labor ministry plans to oversee the vote and will have five times more personnel on-site than it did during the April vote, according to Reuters‘ report.
The U.S. is also reviewing the April vote for potential violations of rules set forth in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. If the plant is found to be in violation of the USMCA, officials could revoke the plant’s tariff-free access, which would apply a 25 percent import tariff on all vehicles produced at GM Silao.
In a statement released in June, GM said it “respects and supports the rights of our employees to make a personal, free, secret and direct response in regards to its union representation.”