WELCOME TO THE ARCHIVE (1994-2014) OF THE MAQUILA SOLIDARITY NETWORK. For current information on our ongoing work on the living wage, women's labour rights, freedom of association, corporate accountability and Bangladesh fire and safety, please visit our new website, launched in October, 2015: www.maquilasolidarity.org
The Maquila Solidarity Network (MSN) is a labour and women’s rights organization that supports the efforts of workers in global supply chains to win improved wages and working conditions and greater respect for their rights.
MSN believes that international brands and retailers share responsibility for working conditions in their supplier factories and must be held accountable for policies and practices that contribute to worker rights abuses in those factories.
MSN works with women’s and labour rights organizations, primarily in Central America and Mexico, on cases of worker rights violations and on joint projects and initiatives to encourage brands to seriously tackle systemic issues blocking progress on labour and women’s rights in that region. MSN also works with the Clean Clothes Campaign and other international counterpart organizations on labour rights issues in global supply chains. As a witness signatory to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, we continue to support the Accord’s efforts to improve worker safety in garment factories in that country.
Between 1994 and 2014, MSN acted as the Canadian contact for international campaigns pressuring and engaging with major brands and retailers to ensure respect for workers’ rights in their supplier factories. MSN also initiated and mobilized support for campaigns focusing on Canadian companies and calling on Canadian public institutions to adopt ethical licensing and purchasing policies. In December 2014, MSN discontinued our campaigning and public education work in Canada, including the publication of our newsletter, the Maquila Solidarity Update, and our electronic bulletin, The Wire.