Mexico union threatens Home Depot strike, inspired by USMCA trade agreement

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Driven by labor protections in the new North American trade agreement, a major Mexican union accused Home Depot (HD.N) to block union activity and threaten strikes next week if the US home improvement chain. UU. It does not improve the salary and benefits for workers.

FILE PHOTO: The company logo listed on the Down Jones Industrial Average stock index, Home Depot, is seen in Encinitas, California, April 4, 2016. REUTERS / Mike Blake / File Photo

The Revolutionary Confederation of Agricultural Workers and Workers, or CROC, is pushing for an increase of 20%, benefits such as 20 days of annual leave and more contributions for transportation, school supplies, food and savings funds.

The union is also urging the company to end discrimination, sexual harassment and unfair dismissals, which, he says, has been denounced to union and labor councils.

“We called a strike due to violations of workers’ rights and to review the collective labor contract,” CROC secretary general Isaias González told Reuters.

Home Depot has about 6,200 workers under union contracts, according to CROC.

Gonzalez said the lawsuits were similar to those that CROC presented to Mexico’s Walmart retailer last March before the government approved a reform designed to guarantee workers’ rights and end decades of cozy relations between unions and companies that produced the so-called protection contracts.

Walmart (WMT.N) and CROC reached an agreement to avoid strikes.

The demands of Home Depot, where CROC has 40 collective contracts in 18 states, arose from the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), Gonzalez said. The trade agreement was approved by the United States House of Representatives only after Mexico intensified its commitments to enforce its labor laws.

“Now is the time to act, because now we have the new labor law, we have USMCA and we cannot be subject to the terms of the companies that resist,” Gonzalez said. “They are used to protection contracts. But that ended with the new labor law.”

The USMCA has not yet been ratified by the US Senate. UU.

When asked about CROC’s lawsuits, Home Depot said it was not the only company that adapted to Mexico’s labor legislation.

“This is due to the ongoing changes coming from the new labor reform standards, which are not specific to The Home Depot,” said Home Depot spokeswoman Sara Gorman.

“We are committed to doing the right thing, taking care of our associates and complying with the law, what we have done since our arrival in Mexico in 2001.”

Home Depot has about 16,000 employees in 125 stores in Mexico. Some workers in recent days have displayed large banners stamped with CROC arguments at store entrances.

Report by Daina Beth Solomon; Edition by Bill Berkrot

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