The World Health Organization’s March 11 declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic and its almost immediate impact on workers’ jobs and incomes has laid bare the immense and historical structural inequalities of the global garment and footwear industry.
The COVID-19 pandemic began to take hold in Mexico in late March, threatening the lives and livelihoods of workers and communities throughout the country, and including in maquiladora assembly factories on Mexico’s northern border with the United States.
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,...
Over the last two years, MSN has been collaborating with Central American women’s and trade union organizations to ensure that employers and governments live up to their responsibilities to provide quality childcare services for working parents. Together we engage with international apparel brands, industry associations and governments to...
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 held accountable for worker rights violations in their supplier factories, and that governments must adopt policies and regulations that protect workers from corporate violations of their rights.
Despite the growing trend toward supply chain transparency, secrecy is still the norm in the global garment and footwear industry. The majority of apparel and footwear brands and retailers do not publicly disclose the names and addresses, or other important information, on the factories where their products are manufactured, making it...
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.