Years of campaigning by trade union and labour rights organizations around the world have forced major apparel brands to acknowledge that the workers who make their products are entitled to wages that meet their basic needs by local standards. The focus has now shifted to pressuring brands to put their living wage policies into practice.
Gender-based discrimination is an endemic problem in maquila factories throughout Central America and in garment export factories around the world. Women workers face discrimination in hiring, promotions, and dismissals; sexual harassment and other forms of violence in the workplace; and lack of respect for their rights to health care,...
Most women workers have a double day – working for wages in the formal economy and working at home caring for their children, as well as other family members. The value to society and the economy of their unpaid labour in the home -- raising the next generation of workers -- is generally unrecognized.
Throughout the global garment export industry, the fundamental human right of workers to freedom of association (FOA) and collective bargaining is routinely violated by employers and severely restricted or prohibited by law.
MSN has been working with Mexican and international stakeholders to tackle widespread systemic barriers to workers' rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining in Mexico and the failure of Mexican government institutions to protect and enforce this fundamental right at the workplace.
MSN believes that global brands must be accountable for worker rights violations in their supply factories, and that governments must adopt policies and regulations that protect workers from corporate violations of their rights. We engage with international apparel brands and manufacturers on specific cases of worker rights violations in their...
Since 2005, MSN has been working with Bangladeshi and international allies to expose and remedy unsafe working conditions in the country’s garment industry and to pressure international brands to compensate the survivors of factory disasters and eliminate unsafe conditions and practices in their supplier factories.