Mexico protested Saturday before the United States for having included in the auxiliary law of the USMCA agreement presented to the U.S. House of Representatives the appointment of five inspectors to evaluate the Mexican labor reform.
“It is worrisome that through a bill is intended to go beyond what is necessary to ensure proper compliance with the negotiated between the parties,” said Mexican Undersecretary for North America, Jesus Seade, in a letter sent to U.S. Foreign Trade representative Robert Lighthizer.
Seade, who led the Mexican delegation in the negotiation of the trade agreement with the United States and Canada, criticized the fact that the U.S. Congress will discuss this week “provisions and mechanisms that would have been expected to be shared in detail with Mexico.
“We reserve the right to review the scope and effects of these provisions, which our government and people will undoubtedly see as clearly unnecessary,” warned the undersecretary in the letter, who assured that Mexico will evaluate “the establishment of reciprocal mechanisms” to defend their interests.
In a press conference to present the letter, Seade explained that this Sunday he will travel to Washington to discuss this issue.
According to him, the treaty’s implementation law, a secondary norm that will be debated in the U.S. lower house, proposes appointing five U.S. inspectors to monitor Mexico’s compliance with the treaty’s commitments.
“According to Mexican law and the provisions of international law in force, the presence of foreign officials requires the authorization of the host country,” Seade said.
Last Tuesday, representatives of the governments of Mexico, the United States and Canada signed in the Mexican capital the final USMC version, which includes the amendments agreed between the White House and U.S. legislators of the Democratic Party on labor and environmental issues.
Seade then celebrated that the treaty had left out the Democrats’ demand to send inspectors to Mexico to check that the country complies with labor standards such as union democracy.
The undersecretary reported that what had been agreed was to establish a traditional dispute resolution mechanism composed of panels of judges from different countries.