Estela Ramirez, ex-Hermosa worker
Credit: Christliche Initiative Romero
A new report prepared by the Maquila Solidarity Network for the Fair Labor Association (FLA) documents the desperate situation of former employees of the Hermosa Manufacturing facility in El Salvador, which closed in May 2005, leaving former Hermosa workers without jobs, back wages, severance pay, health insurance and employee pensions. MSN's report identifies next steps to rectify the injustices suffered by the Hermosa workers, and actions that buyers can take to prevent future "Hermosas".
Following the release of MSN’s report, MSN met with ex-Hermosa workers to discuss the findings. While they agreed with most of the study’s recommendations, workers had criticisms.
A short history of and background to the case, steps taken to date to engage with the buyers, the factory owner, and the Salvadoran authorities, and further resources on the Hermosa case.
(January 2007) A new fund set up by the Fair Labor Association provides some compensation to Hermosa workers, but critics say it’s not enough.