In this series of case summaries, MSN describes the process and outcomes of the first dozen complaints filed under the Rapid Response Labour Mechanism (RRLM), which allege employer violations of Mexican workers’ associational rights.
MSN has been working with our allies in Mexico to monitor developments related to the Mexican government’s February 2017 Constitutional Reform to the labour justice system and to encourage discussion and debate about the reforms and their implementation, as well as the implications they have for workers and employers.
The latest in a series of annual wage reports by Sergio Chávez highlights the immense gap between the cost of adequate nutritional food items and monthly minimum wages for workers in Central America’s four garment-producing countries - Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua.
In October 2023, the Central America Committee of the Americas Group (AG) published Employer Guidance: Ensuring Respect for Freedom of Association (FOA) in El Salvador. The comprehensive Guidance tool provides employers in El Salvador’s garment sector with clear expectations of the Americas Group on the policies they should adopt and actions they should take to ensure that workers’ right to freedom of association and to bargain collectively is respected in the workplace.
Photo: Teksid Hierro workers celebrate union victory (IndustriALL).
Four years after the launch of Mexico’s labour justice reform, legitimation votes on all existing collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) were to be completed by May 1, 2023. Mexico’s labour authorities extended that deadline to July 31, while requiring that unions register the dates of such votes by May 1. If legitimation votes have not been carried out or programed by May 1, or are programed but are not held before July 31, the CBA is terminated.
MSN’s updated companies and brands research tools are designed to assist trade unions, researchers, and women’s and labour rights organizations in determining leverage points for brand engagement or campaigning to address labour rights violations. The tools include two complementary documents:
As part of MSN’s Catching Up on the Labour Reform series, MSN has published “New Voting Rights of Workers and Obligations of Employers under Reformed Federal Labour Law (LFT).”
The 5-page publication provides a brief description of the rights of workers and obligations of employers in various votes on collective bargaining agreements, union leaders, and union representation, as well as the rights of workers in minority unions.