MEXICO CITY.- One year after the implementation of the Labor Reform in force in our country, there are some aspects that are yet to be defined and resolved in this matter, with the intention of implementing better labor relations. The principles of freedom of association, freedom of collective bargaining and the improvement of working conditions have been crucial for the renegotiation of the USMCA, seeking to give an ultimatum against the abuses of power.
With the amendments to the Labor Reform, workers have the freedom to decide whether or not they want to belong to a certain union and even to refrain from unionizing, without legal repercussions.
Another one of the important changes that were implemented was the validation of collective bargaining agreements, which by law now require the free and secret voting of unionized workers.
Additionally, negotiations with other economies to maintain their commercial relations will cause our country to have American observation panels, which will focus on the surveillance of companies with important export volumes and, in the event that they fail to comply with the agreed labor rights, Mexico could be penalized by freezing their exports.
These are the axes that have led the De la Vega & Martínez Rojas Law Firm to organize a forum in which the aspects that are forcing our country to transform its labor relations are reviewed and discussed; this forum will be held on Thursday, February 20 at the Hotel Camino Real (Polanco, Mexico City), from 8:00 to 17:00 hrs.
In the opinion of Oscar de la Vega, founding partner of the De la Vega & Martínez Rojas Law Firm, one of the aspects deriving from the Labor Reform will be, in turn, the forced evolution of the unions. “The unions must reinvent themselves to promote new things and connect with the people (unionized workers). There are currently new leaderships and tools available to the unions, such as social media. They must specify what benefits will be acquired by the members of the unions, as those who do not renew themselves will disappear”, he stated.
The work sessions for this gathering will include:
- The USMCA and the Labor Reform
- Supervision of compliance with the USMCA and arbitration panels on labor matters.
- Labor strategies.
Participating speakers include several specialists on labor matters and human resources from Mexico, the United States and Colombia.