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Mexico: The Minimum General Daily Wage increases to Mx $88.36 pesos

The National Commission for Minimum Wages (CONASAMI) used the Independent Recovery Amount (MIR) and increased the general minimum daily wage (Mx $80.04 pesos) in Mx $5.00 pesos. Over the new amount (Mx $85.04 pesos) the 3.9% increase was anticipated, with what starting on December 1, 2017 the general minimum daily wage will be Mx $88.36 pesos. On the other hand, the professional minimum wages in force since December 1, 2017 were also increased in 3.9 %.

Mexico: Upcoming increase to the Minimum Wage coincides with the Review of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

The National Commission for Minimum Wages (CONASAMI) convened a meeting for November 21 to discuss a possible increase to the minimum wage between 10% and 12.5%. A decision shall be made before November 30. The discussion will take place in parallel to the Fifth Round of Negotiations of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), where the labor topic was treated.

Mexico: Canada demands compliance of the 8 Fundamental ILO Conventions

During the first round of negotiations of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canada delivered a text based on the need to comply with the 8 Fundamental Conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO). Mexico has ratified 7 of the 8 Fundamental ILO Conventions and is likely to also ratify Convention No. 98, which is still pending

Mexico: The U.S. Government published a “Summary of Objectives for NAFTA Renegotiation”

On July 17, 2017, the U.S. Government officially published and served the Canadian and Mexican Governments with a document entitled “Summary of Objectives for NAFTA Renegotiation” which introduces a substantial chapter on labor rights. This new labor chapter of NAFTA basically addresses the same concerns as the Trans Pacific Partnership (“TPP”): freedom of association, right to collective bargaining, minimum living wages, fair and transparent labor justice.