Maquila Solidarity Update is published three times a year in English and Spanish. Our 8-page newsletter provides news, analysis and interviews on the struggle to uphold international labour rights in a globalized economy.
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Editorial: Public pressure or constructive engagement? | Gap pulls out of Bangladesh fire safety program | Pakistan’s fire tragedy | Honduras: Star management encourages threats of violence against union supporters | Haiti: We had to build a workers’ movement: An interview with Yannick Etienne | Acuña, Mexico: Fraud and harassment taint union representation vote | Shifting alliances in the Mexican labour law debate
Download Update 17.3 here.
Editorial: Apple investigation update re-ignites controversy | Violence forces the CAT to close Puebla office | FLA investigation ignores root causes of workplace injuries | Should brands be liable when factories close? Adidas faces an Indonesian impasse | Can National Competitiveness Strategies Include Decent Work? | Pressure mounts on Bangladeshi authorities to solve murder of labour activist
Download Update 17.2 here.
Controversy surrounds Foxconn investigation; A groundbreaking deal opens Bangladeshi garment factories to safety inspections; Auto parts company admits signing a protection contract to keep out an independent union; Despite record profits, Johnson Controls to close unionized factory; Mass faintings: A Cambodian tribunal examines the effects of poverty wages on garment workers; Precarious work: A growing campaign to change the law on short-term contracts in Peru; Bangladeshi labour organizer murdered.
Download Update 17.1 here.
Mexican human rights defenders threatened for supporting laid-off workers; Haiti's apparel industry jobs are welcome, but what about the right to form unions?; Advances and setbacks: Advances in worker rights are possible even in this economic climate; Are sportswear brands committing to ending precarious work?; High-fashion brands like Versace are joining the international ban on sandblasting.
Download Update 16.3 here.
Mexican industry spokesperson puts labour rights defenders at risk; Indonesia: Groundbreaking agreement on union rights results from Play Fair initiative; Mexico: a Levi’s factory shines light on protection contracts; El Salvador: Despite training, worker rights abuses still occurring at Ocean Sky factory; Honduras: a hard-won agreement solidifies gains for Russell Athletic workers; Monitoring organization attacked in Dominican Republic.
Download Update 16.2 here.
Violence, economic crisis and women workers’ rights in Juarez; Global action in solidarity with Mexican workers; Hong Kong students find new ways to advance worker rights in China; Mexico: An industry’s decline leaves Tehuacan workers in a precarious situation; Bangladesh factory fires mirror the last century’s disasters.
Download Update 16.1 here.
Cambodia: Workers strike for a living wage; Health workshop paints dire picture of workplace injuries; IT’s my life: Electronics workers protest chronic health threats; Advances and setbacks in the fight for worker rights; Asia-Latina Exchange: Women labour rights activists reconnect in Nicaragua; Ban on sandblasting: A step in the right direction, but is it enough?.
Download Update 15.3 here.
Nike agrees to compensate workers abandoned in Honduran factory closures; What's behind the strikes and suicides in China?; Women at the forefront: Mexico labour activist Blanca Velasquez speaks about the need for women's leadership; Success and retaliation at Johnson Controls; Bangladesh: Situation still desperate at 21 cents an hour; Ground-breaking factory pays workers a living wage.
Download Update 15.2 here.
In this issue:
After the devastation, what lies ahead for Haiti’s garment industry?; Nicaraguan women demand decent work; Honduran workers expect more from Nike after two more irresponsible closures; Evangelina Argueta speaks about her life as a union organizer in Honduras; A New Day for unjustly fired Jerzees de Honduras workers; Fire exposes the underside of the Bangladesh clothing boom
Download Update 15.1 here.
In this issue:
Historic victory: Jerzees de Honduras workers win break-through agreement; Honduras in crisis: The untold story of a rising popular movement; Asia Floor Wage Campaign explores new strategy to achieve decent wages; Mexico's double standard: Government busts independent power workers' union while fraudulent protection unions multiply; Korean women's union celebrates ten years of action and progress. A Nicaraguan women's leader joins them to reflect on lessons learned; Made in China: That's all HBC is telling us about its Vancouver 2010 Olympic wear
Download Update 14.3 here.