A U.N.-affiliated nonprofit service corporation said Thursday it would close its two offices in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas and move its headquarters to Mexico, a move that the service corporation called a “last-ditch effort to protect jobs and wages in Mexico.”
The service corporation has offices in New York and California and the Mexican subsidiary in Texas.
In a statement, the Mexican branch said it would move to its own facilities in the country, but would continue to offer service in Mexico.
The Mexican branch of the service company said in a statement that the move was “due to the adverse environmental and human rights situation in Mexico, which has become a hotbed for cartels and criminals.”
The Mexican service corporation added that it was in the process of setting up its own operations in Mexico and would not provide additional information on the relocation.
The statement comes after the Mexican government, in a press conference Wednesday, said it had received assurances from the service corporations that they would be allowed to operate there.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has been working to strengthen relations with the U.K., the United States and Canada in an effort to counter a surge in drug-related violence and smuggling.
The U.T. has been pushing the Mexican president to use the threat of force to fight the cartels.
The service corporations’ statement said that the Mexican office was located in Tamaelpas, where the service group operates four branch offices.
It said the service branch in New Jersey, where its headquarters are, was located at an undisclosed location in the United Kingdom.
The U.L.G.A. is a non-profit organization that provides services to communities, businesses and organizations in Mexico as well as the U-T, U.W. and other international organizations.