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Former Style Avenue workers demand full wages, severance and social security benefits

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factory inventory at Style Avenue after the closure (FEASIES).

Former workers from the Style Avenue factory in Ilopango, El Salvador are still waiting for unpaid severance and wages owed to them since the factory closed nine months ago, as well as outstanding health and pension contributions.

In February of 2023, one of the factory owners was jailed for failing to make legally mandated contributions for healthcare and pensions, and in May 2023, the factory officially closed. The Salvadoran Ministry of Labour estimates that the 244 former workers are owed a total of US$1.8 million.

Garment workers in Nazareno Mexico vote for independent union

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On January 23, workers at the Delta Staff Manufacturing (Apparel International) garment factory in the community of Nazareno, Mexico participated in a union representation election to determine which of two unions would represent them in collective bargaining. They voted overwhelmingly in favour of an independent union.

Of the workers who were able to participate in the election, 563 voted for the Mexican Workers’ League (La Liga) and only 79 voted for a union affiliated with the Confederation of Mexican Workers (CTM).