T-MEC Rapid Response Mechanism is an example for Europe: Romain Descottes

The four complaints filed in the United States under the Rapid Response Mechanism, within the framework of the USMCAhave served as an example of actions that can help global companies “respect rights and contracts.”

This was commented in an interview by Romain Descottes, counselor of the General Confederation of Labor (CGT), who explained that “it is interesting to see how this mechanism was activated to force companies to respect trade union contracts in a very fast and very effective; because in Europe when we have this type of agreement, normally, beyond the lack of trade union rights, of the fundamental rights of workers, there is the problem of imposing that these rights be respected by companies that often do not do so or let time go by with legal processes that never end”.

Descottes analyzed the case of the National Independent Union of Workers in the Automotive Industry (SYNTHIA), who, after filing a complaint, has managed to win three votes and sign a collective bargaining agreement.

“We also have companies in France that have productive contacts with a part of the companies there in Mexico, that is why I believe there is a link that may be of interest to workers,” he added.

Chapter 23 in labor matters is unique in the world “There we have an example of something that worked and worked well; the fact that there are monetary sanctions, loss of money, is very important, that makes a difference. There are many mechanisms, there are those for the protection of workers or mechanisms on how to condition public funds to companies for ecological transactions, to give an example, but there is a lack of coercive measures, and that is what most strikes me in this case , beyond the struggle of the compañeras, it is this coercive measure that we need, it is necessary to set an example of this type of agreement, precisely because of these coercive measures, it will be complicated, but we can rely on this example to request measures of this type in Europe for other cases.

At a global level, he explained, “our analysis of the CTG in France is that this problem is that the production chains are very extended and globalized, from there the companies have the possibility of escaping the Law in many ways. The central point of struggle for us, for years, has been how we impose measures on companies that prevent them from escaping, in the face of a globalized economy, from compliance with labor rights.”

He stressed that tools of this nature are required to be able to act at this level, “although now it is only continental – Mexico, the United States and Canada – it is a mechanism that can be reproduced at any scale.”


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