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TUC response to the government on UK-Mexico trade negotiations

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Consultation response
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The TUC has responded to the government's consultation on trade talks with Mexico.

The TUC believes trade agreements must promote decent jobs and enforce protections for workers’ and human rights, public services and democratic decision making.  In order to achieve these goals it is crucial for trade unions to be involved in trade negotiations.  The TUC regrets that trade unions were not consulted on the UK’s continuity agreement with Mexico before it was finalised in December 2020.  Consequently, the agreement contains inadequate means to address abuses of workers’ rights, this is particularly concerning given Mexican trade unions report regular, serious abuses of workers occurring in Mexico.

The TUC believes the UK should use its leverage in trade negotiations to ensure respect for fundamental human and labour rights. 

The TUC does not believe the UK should sign a trade deal with Mexico whilst widespread abuse of core International Labour Organisation rights including those around freedom of association and collective bargaining are taking place in Mexico.

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