Tracking the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Mexican Maquila Workers

Fighting COVID and defending workers’ rights in Northern Mexico

Workers at CFO's garment manufacturing co-operative Maquiladora Justicia y Dignidad (Photo: CFO)

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit Mexico hard. As of mid-November, the country has almost one million confirmed positive cases and over 95,000 official deaths. Since the pandemic started, maquila factories in the northern states experienced waves of infections among workers, with little protection provided by factory owners and management.

The effects of COVID-19 on maquila workers

A new document, written by Cirila Quintero Ramírez, MSN ally working out of the Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Matamoros, analyzes the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on maquila workers in the north of Mexico. The document is part of a broader political analysis piece entitled, “COVID-19 and the northeastern border: early impacts on migration, public policy and populations.”