The USMCA and the Mexican automobile industry: towards a new labour model?

Type de publication:

Journal Article


International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, Volume 22, Number 1, p.128-144 (2022)



Automobiles, Automotive industry, Binding mechanisms, Future scenery, Labor provision, Labor Relations, Me-xico, NAFTA, New model, North American, Rule of origin, USMCA


The USMCA has created a new environment for the North American automobile industry. It places higher and additional rules related to regional content and labour provisions supported by a new generation of strongly binding mechanisms. In Mexico, there is a new labour law and a wage policy meant to support a new labour relations model. This paper investigates the extent of the progress in such model by assessing the way in which unions are responding to its demands. Based on primary evidence of union leaders, and drawing future sceneries, the paper contends that the adaptive capacity of corporatist unions will prevent the new labour model from succeeding. © 2022 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

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