Mexican Senate Approves Labor Reform

By Rodrigo Cervantes
Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 10:03pm

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Members of the Mexican Senate
Mexican Senate
Members of the Mexican Senate celebrate the approval of laws.

MEXICO CITY — After months of legislative discussions, the Mexican senate ratified a new set of labor laws Monday.

The labor reform brings more rights to Mexican workers, and also allows Mexico to meet the requirements needed for the free trade agreement with Canada and the United States, known as USMCA.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will ratify these laws, which already have his blessing.

“Mexico has done its part, and now it’s time for the U.S. government, the U.S. Congress, to do its part,” López Obrador said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi considered the reform as a condition to pass the trade agreement.

“The labor reform will cover the needs of the trade agreement, but also of the workers,” said Jesús Seade, Mexico’s undersecretary of foreign affairs.

The new laws’ main goals include the democratization of unions and the creation of labor courts.