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CCC brief documents urgent need for expansion of Safety Accord to Pakistan

Photo: Clean Clothes Campaign

A brief launched today by the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) documents deadly safety incidents in Pakistan’s garment industry that underline the urgent need for the International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry to be implemented in that country.

Growing gap between wages and food costs for Central American garment workers

The latest in a series of annual wage reports by the El Salvador-based Labour Research Team (Equipo de Investigaciones Laborales - EIL) highlights the growing gap between the cost of basic food items and monthly minimum wages for workers in Central America’s four garment-producing countries - Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. In a year marked by rising inflation and food costs, factory closures and mass layoffs, the report raises serious concerns about how workers will meet their basic needs.

Voting without fear: Workers at Manufacturas VU win the right to an independent union

Photo: Julia Quiñonez and two independent union delegates celebrate victory.

On August 31, 2022: workers at the Manufacturas VU maquila factory in Piedras Negras, Coahuila participated in their first democratic election on who would represent them in negotiations with their employer on their wages, working conditions, and rights at work.

295 workers took part in the secret-ballot vote to choose between two unions: the Confederation of Mexican Workers (CTM) or the Mexican Labour Union League (La Liga). By the end of the day, the workers’ response was overwhelming: 186 votes for La Liga and 101 for the CTM.