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Mexico, United States, Canada to hold talks on commercial agreement

Mexico, United States, Canada to hold talks on commercial agreement

Mexico DF, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Mexico, United States and Canada will hold their first formal talks on the Free Trade Agreement (T-MEC) to deal concretely with each side's labor and environmental obligations.
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This is one if the more problematic issues, especially between the US and Mexico, who have contentious disagreements on labor laws.

This is a result of the close working relations between both countries, since not only do 37 millions of Mexicans reside in the United States, but many are also hired seasonally in farms.

On the other hand, US businessmen have dozens of plants in Mexico, with the greatest volume of the workforce being hired by the automotive industry.

The disagreements lie in each country’s approach to labor rights, social provisions and even subcontracting, to the point that they factored heavily in stopping and delaying the signing of T-MEC during Trump’s tenure.

According to an announcement from the parties, the Trade Ministers of the three countries will conduct an online meeting on Monday and Tuesday to discuss the agreement, which came into force in July 2020.

The officials will receive updates on the work done so far to promote cooperation, and will discuss the labor and environmental obligations of T-MEC, according to the office of the Trade Representative for the United States, Katherine Tai.

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