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MSN's Past Posts/Articles

In this section you can find a collection of MSN's past posts and articles. Please also see MSN Newsletters and MSN's The Wire.

March 7, 2014

International Women's Day: Security of Cambodian garment workers in jeopardy

On March 8th, International Women’s Day, an expected 30,000 garment workers, the vast majority of whom are women, will come together in Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park for a mass Forum on Labour Rights to continue their struggle for an increase in the minimum wage to US$160/month, trade union rights, and the release of 21 activists who have been held in jail since early January. Meanwhile, photos published in local newspapers just one day prior to the forum showed approximately 2,000 riot police preparing for tomorrow’s Forum.

February 11, 2014

Global Day of Action calls for release of 21 detained Cambodian workers

On February 10, trade union and human and labour rights organizations around the world staged demonstrations and delivered messages to Cambodian embassies calling for the release of 21 workers who are being detained for participating in a national strike for an increase in the minimum wage.

January 21, 2014

30 global brands call for investigation of deadly violence in Cambodia

Thirty major apparel brands, together with the global unions ITUC, IndustriALL and UNI, have signed a joint letter to Cambodia’s prime minister Hun Sen, calling on his government to launch a prompt and thorough investigation into violent events of January 2-3.

January 17, 2014

Support grows for Cambodian garment workers after violent government crackdown

Female garment worker at peaceful January rallySolidarity actions are taking place around the world in support of Cambodian garment workers who are facing government repression for taking part in a massive strike for an increased minimum wage. The workers currently receive some of the lowest wages in garment-producing countries around the world.

December 17, 2013

Twenty-five organizations call on Canadian companies to sign Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh

NGWF Sit-In October 2013(Photo: National Garment Workers Federation October, 2013)

Twenty-five human rights, faith, women's, teacher, student, community, overseas development and trade union organizations have signed an Open Letter calling on Canadian retailers and brands to sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. To date, only one Canadian company, Loblaw (owner of Joe Fresh), has signed the Accord.

The companies to which the letter has been sent - Canadian Tire (owner of Mark's and Sport Chek), Giant Tiger, Hudson's Bay Company, Sears Canada, Walmart, YM Inc. (owner of Suzy Shier, Stitches, Bluenotes, Urban Planet, Sirens) - have so far refused to sign the legally-binding Accord. Instead, they have joined a voluntary, company-controlled initiative, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety.


November 22, 2013

Brands must compensate victims of Tazreen and Rana Plaza disasters

One year after the Tazreen factory fire and seven months after the Rana Plaza disaster the survivors and families of those who died are still waiting for justice.

November 5, 2013

Six months after Rana Plaza: Workers still waiting for compensation

Six months after the Rana Plaza building collapse, more than 2,500 injured workers and the families of more than 1,100 workers killed in the disaster are still waiting for compensation.

(photo: Laura Gutierrez)



November 5, 2013

Protection contracts wide spread in Mexico’s electronics sector


In August, the Centre for Reflection and Labour Action (CEREAL in Spanish) 
in Guadalajara, Mexico released its 2012 report on labour issues and cases
of worker rights violations in the country's electronics manufacturing industry.
The report highlights the problem of employer protection contracts signed
between hundreds of electronics manufacturing firms and unelected
union leaders.


October 11, 2013

MSN mourns the latest factory deaths in Bangladesh and calls for urgent action

Image: Clean Clothes CampaignThe Maquila Solidarity Network (MSN) mourns the loss of life in yet another factory fire in Bangladesh and is calling on the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC), Loblaw and all other companies that have been using the factory to provide just compensation to the victims and work through the Accord on Fire and Building Safety program to ensure such tragedies do not happen in the future.

Please sign an online petition to HBC initiated by the campaign network SumOfUs .

September 16, 2013

Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity regains legal status

Thanks to international solidarity from trade union and labour rights organizations around the world, as well as pressure from the U.S Department of Labor, the NGO Affairs Bureau of Bangladesh (NAB) has restored the legal status of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity (BCWS).