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Brands sourcing from Bangladesh must sign on to the International Accord

Photo: Clean Clothes Campaign

Two months since the launch of the International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry, 150 garment and home textile brands have signed on to this life-saving agreement. Several of the most well-known brands in the world, however, have shown no intention of joining this agreement to help keep their workers safe.

Studies measure gap between wages and food costs for Central American garment workers

Photo: Garment workers in Honduras. Solidarity Center.

In September 2021, the El Salvador-based Labour Research Team (Equipo de Investigaciónes Laborales - EIL) published its annual report comparing the cost of basic food items with the monthly minimum wages for maquila workers in Central America’s four garment-producing countries - Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua.

Blanca Velázquez Díaz, a brilliant worker rights defender

Blanca attending a regional forum with Central American and
Mexican women’s organizations.

Blanca with colleagues from the Network of United Women’s Labour
Rights Defenders (Red DLUM) in October 2019.

Colectivo Raiz's tribute to Blanca.

On September 24, 2021, the MSN learned that our dear friend of twenty years, and internationally esteemed labour rights defender, Blanca Velázquez Díaz, had passed away from cancer. For 18 months, Blanca navigated this phase of her life with hope, determination and grace, accompanied by the love and solidarity of the labour rights community that she was instrumental in building in Mexico.

Over 50 organizations call for safe workplaces in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka

A March 2021 action for workers rights in Sri Lanka.
Photo credit: Clean Clothes Campaign

The spread of the Delta variant in South Asia is causing a surge of severe illness and death in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Due to the economic importance of the garment industry, the governments of both countries have excluded garment workers from lockdown measures by categorizing them as essential workers. Workers must report to work in crowded factories where the virus can spread easily or lose income they desperately need.

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