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Maquila Solidarity Update

Since 2003, the Maquila Solidarity Update was published three times - only once in 2014 - in English and Spanish. This 8-page newsletter provided news, analysis and interviews on the struggle to uphold international labour rights in a globalized economy.

June 3, 2014

Maquila Solidarity Update Vol. 19.1 (June 2014)

In this issue:

Editorial | Cambodian garment workers continue to mobilize despite government repression | Rana Plaza one year later: Will brands deliver on promise to help improve Cambodian worker's wages? | Women's and labour organizations launch Women's Agenda for Maquila Industry | Wage theft in Mexico: the cost of an unpaid lunch break

Download Update 19.1 here.

November 5, 2013

Maquila Solidarity Update Vol. 18.2 (November 2013)

In this issue:

Editorial | Six Months after Rana Plaza: Workers still waiting for compensation | Poverty wages behind mass faintings in Cambodian garment factories | Protection contracts wide spread in Mexico's electronics sector  | Living Wage: a worker's right

Download Update 18.2 here.

June 20, 2013

Maquila Solidarity Update Vol. 18.1 (July 2013)

In this issue:

Editorial: How many more deaths? | Global brands sign historic fire and building safety accord | Women, brands and labour rights | Poverty wages: the excuses are running out  | FLA fails to act on CODEMUH complaints | Apparel brands challenge short-term contracting in Peru | Remembering Stephen Coats

Download Update 18.1 here.

November 14, 2012

Maquila Solidarity Update Vol. 17.3 (December 2012)

In this issue:

Editorial: Public pressure or constructive engagement? | Gap pulls out of Bangladesh fire safety program | Pakistan’s fire tragedy | Honduras: Star management encourages threats of violence against union supporters | Haiti: We had to build a workers’ movement: An interview with Yannick Etienne | Acuña, Mexico: Fraud and harassment taint union representation vote | Shifting alliances in the Mexican labour law debate

Download Update 17.3 here.

September 6, 2012

Maquila Solidarity Update Vol. 17.2 (September 2012)

In this issue:

Editorial: Apple investigation update re-ignites controversy | Violence forces the CAT to close Puebla office | FLA investigation ignores root causes of workplace injuries | Should brands be liable when factories close? Adidas faces an Indonesian impasse | Can National Competitiveness Strategies Include Decent Work? | Pressure mounts on Bangladeshi authorities to solve murder of labour activist

Download Update 17.2 here.

April 19, 2012

Maquila Solidarity Update Vol. 17.1 (April 2012)

In this issue:

Controversy surrounds Foxconn investigation; A groundbreaking deal opens Bangladeshi garment factories to safety inspections; Auto parts company admits signing a protection contract to keep out an independent union; Despite record profits, Johnson Controls to close unionized factory; Mass faintings: A Cambodian tribunal examines the effects of poverty wages on garment workers; Precarious work: A growing campaign to change the law on short-term contracts in Peru; Bangladeshi labour organizer murdered.

Download Update 17.1 here.

November 16, 2011

Maquila Solidarity Update Vol. 16.3 (December 2011)

In this issue:

Mexican human rights defenders threatened for supporting laid-off workers; Haiti's apparel industry jobs are welcome, but what about the right to form unions?;  Advances and setbacks: Advances in worker rights are possible even in this economic climate; Are sportswear brands committing to ending precarious work?; High-fashion brands like Versace are joining the international ban on sandblasting.

Download Update 16.3 here.

September 1, 2011

Maquila Solidarity Update Vol. 16.2 (September 2011)

In this issue:

Mexican industry spokesperson puts labour rights defenders at risk; Indonesia: Groundbreaking agreement on union rights results from Play Fair initiative; Mexico: a Levi’s factory shines light on protection contracts; El Salvador: Despite training, worker rights abuses still occurring at Ocean Sky factory; Honduras: a hard-won agreement solidifies gains for Russell Athletic workers; Monitoring organization attacked in Dominican Republic.

Download Update 16.2 here.

March 1, 2011

Maquila Solidarity Update Vol. 16.1 (March 2011)

In this issue:

Violence, economic crisis and women workers’ rights in Juarez; Global action in solidarity with Mexican workers; Hong Kong students find new ways to advance worker rights in China; Mexico: An industry’s decline leaves Tehuacan workers in a precarious situation; Bangladesh factory fires mirror the last century’s disasters.

Download Update 16.1 here.

November 10, 2010

Maquila Solidarity Update Vol. 15.3 (December 2010)

In this issue:

Cambodia: Workers strike for a living wage; Health workshop paints dire picture of workplace injuries; IT’s my life: Electronics workers protest chronic health threats; Advances and setbacks in the fight for worker rights; Asia-Latina Exchange: Women labour rights activists reconnect in Nicaragua; Ban on sandblasting: A step in the right direction, but is it enough?.

Download Update 15.3 here.