Revamped USMCA allows Mexico to bring labor complaints in U.S.: Mexican official

Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard and Deputy Foreign Minister for North America Jesus Seade (not pictured) hold a news conference in Mexico City, Mexico, December 10, 2019. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Wednesday that under changes to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), Mexico will be able to bring labor complaints against companies and workplaces in the United States.

Speaking to Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui, Ebrard said the formation of panels to address labor complaints would be “identical” in the United States as in Mexico.

The trade pact, which replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement, was signed yesterday by the three countries, paving the way for ratification by lawmakers.

Reporting by Miguel Angel Gutierrez and Daina Beth Solomon, Editing by Frank Jack Daniel