In January 2019, the Labour Research Team (Equipo de Investigaciónes Laborales -- EIL) published its annual report comparing inflation rates and increases in the monthly minimum wages for maquila workers in Central America’s four garment-producing countries.
The three-page report provides brief analyses of the political and economic context within which the tripartite minimum wage negotiations took place in each country, highlighting actions of a variety of actors including government, industry, women’s organizations and trade unions.
In September 2018, MSN and EIL co-published a more in-depth study on the enormous gap between the minimum wages for Central American workers and the cost of living for those workers. The MSN section of the report described worker struggles for increases in the minimum wage in Asian countries and international campaigns and initiatives for living wages for garment workers.
EIL is an El Salvador-based labour rights organization with a regional perspective that carries out research on labour rights issues in the maquila sector and in other industries operating under laws governing the free trade zones. It supports union organizing efforts in the maquila industry and free trade zones.