The Maquila Solidarity Network (MSN) was a labour and women's rights organization that supported the efforts of workers in global supply chains to win improved wages and working conditions and a better quality of life (More)
On the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy, we join with other worker rights organizations in Bangladesh and around the world in mourning the death of the 1,134 garment workers killed in the building collapse and in demanding that international brands whose clothes were made in Rana Plaza increase their contributions to the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund so that all the workers injured and families of those killed receive just compensation.
At the end of December 2014, the Maquila Solidarity Network (MSN) closed its Canadian campaigning and public education programs. As part of that change, we are no longer updating this website, nor publishing the MSN newsletter, the Maquila Solidarity Update, or our electronic bulletin, The Wire.
Although we have ceased acting as the Canadian contact point for international worker rights campaigns, we continue to work with partner groups in Latin America on cases of worker rights abuses and on systemic issues facing garment workers in that region. As a witness signatory to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, we also continue to support the Accord’s efforts to improve worker safety in Bangladeshi garment factories.
As we near the end of 2014, the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh reports that it has completed safety inspections in 1,100 apparel factories covered by the Accord, and more than 500 corrective action plans have been approved to date. The inspections are overseen by Brad Loewen, a fire inspection engineer formerly employed by the City of Winnipeg, Canada.
On November 24, the second anniversary of the Tazreen factory fire in Bangladesh, the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) and the Global Union IndustriALL announced that they had reached agreement with the European retailer C&A on a system for delivering long-term compensation to the families of the 120 workers killed and the 300 workers seriously injured.
In response to increased pressure from Cambodian independent unions, their international supporters, and even some major apparel brands, on November 12, the Cambodian government announced it will be raising the minimum wage for garment workers from US$100 to $128 a month on January 1, 2015.
After many setbacks, Colectivo Raiz, MSN's partner in Aguascalientes, Mexico, is making some progress toward remediation of long-standing worker rights violations at a Levi's supplier factory in that city, though a number of issues remain unresolved.
On November 18-21, members of the MSN team travelled to Hong Kong to participate in the Clean Clothes Campaign's 2014 Global Forum on Strategies and Structure for the international labour rights movement.