A resolution has been reached between the U.S. and Mexico concerning a Rapid Response Mechanism petition. The petition concerns a denim garment facility in Mexico that allegedly denied freedom of association and collective bargaining rights. The company, INISA2000, met with the Mexican government to jointly hold training on collective bargaining and freedom of association, as well as working to remediate workers’ claims. The outcomes of this collaboration included training employees on new policies and issuing statements on company neutrality relating to workers' desire to organize.
In a recent quote, Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs Thea Lee said, “The U.S. Department of Labor welcomes the efforts by the government of Mexico, the petitioners and INISA2000 to address the issues at this plant, the garment sector’s first Rapid Response Mechanism case. The case demonstrates the value of our commitment to partnering with Mexico to resolve cases, regardless of covered sector. We believe it will lead to positive outcomes for workers and serve the core interest of both governments.”