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Recommendations to the Canadian NAO in the Puebla case

May 28, 2004

  1. Conciliation and Arbitration Boards (CABs) publicly disclose union registrations (registros) and collective bargaining agreements (both important transparency measures currently not practiced by the Mexican government);
  2. CABs grant registros in a transparent manner in accordance with Federal Labor Law;
  3. A tri-national oversight committee be established, composed of labor rights experts with the power to investigate and issue reports regarding allegations of violations of the first three NAALC principles (freedom of association and protection of the right to organize, the right to bargain collectively and the right to strike), and specifically the denial of registros, use of blacklists and the denial of secret ballot voting in union elections;
  4. A public cooperative activity be convened in Puebla on the theme of freedom of association and specifically the right of a union to receive its registro under the Federal Labor Law, with the participation of the Governor, CAB and the three petitioners; and
  5. The issues in this submission that are subject to review by an Evaluation Committee of Experts (occupational health and safety, forced labor, child labor and minimum wages) be reviewed by such a committee as provided for in the NAALC.
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