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The US State Department has been asked by the UAW and IndustriALL, a global labor group to mediate a dispute it has over workers rights with Nissan’s Canton, Mississippi manufacturing facility.

The IndustriALL Global Union is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and represents 50 million workers in 140 countries. According to the US union, Nissan interfered with the bid to unionize the plant.

“Nissan is a global company that should abide by global standards that the United States and other countries have agreed on,” said UAW president Bob King.

“Nissan respects the labor laws of every country in which we operate,” the automaker said in a statement. “Allegations by the UAW that suggest otherwise are untrue and unfounded. Twice already, Nissan employees in the U.S. have voted against having the UAW represent them.”

The Nissan Canton facility was opened in 2003 and has around 5,600 emplyees manufacturing the Altima sedan, Titan and Frontier pickups and Murano SUV. The UAW dispute with Nissan comes fresh after last week it decided to withdraw its National Labor Relations Board appeal that contested the vote results at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. If all three parties involved accept the mediation from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the body is expected to make a decision in about three months.