Grupo México Escapes Labor Violation Claims in San Martín Mine Case: US Government Expresses Surprise and Disappointment

US believes that ruling for Grupo México will only further enable employee mistreatment

The labor panel within the Rapid Response Labor Mechanism of the Trade Agreement between Mexico, the United States, and Canada (T-MEC) has determined that there were no violations of labor laws at the San Martín mine in Sombrerete, Zacatecas, operated by Grupo México. Despite sufficient and credible evidence presented by US authorities of rights violations, the Mexican government determined that no violations had occurred.

The US government expressed surprise and disappointment at this ruling. Katherine Tai, the United States trade representative, criticized the decision, stating that it allows Grupo México to continue violating the rights of miners to collective bargaining and freedom of association. The case was brought to the panel by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), United Steelworkers, and the National Mine Workers Union of Mexico.

Despite this setback, the US government has stated its commitment to continue utilizing this mechanism to protect the rights of San Martín workers. The US will work with the Mexican government on labor matters to ensure that these rights are upheld by law.

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