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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.

August 31, 2010

Maquila Solidarity Update Vol. 15.2 (September 2010)

In this issue:

Nike agrees to compensate workers abandoned in Honduran factory closures; What's behind the strikes and suicides in China?; Women at the forefront: Mexico labour activist Blanca Velasquez speaks about the need for women's leadership; Success and retaliation at Johnson Controls; Bangladesh: Situation still desperate at 21 cents an hour; Ground-breaking factory pays workers a living wage.

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April 7, 2010

Maquila Solidarity Update Vol. 15.1 (April 2010)

In this issue:

After the devastation, what lies ahead for Haiti’s garment industry?; Nicaraguan women demand decent work; Honduran workers expect more from Nike after two more irresponsible closures; Evangelina Argueta speaks about her life as a union organizer in Honduras; A New Day for unjustly fired Jerzees de Honduras workers; Fire exposes the underside of the Bangladesh clothing boom

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November 16, 2009

Maquila Solidarity Update Vol. 14.3 (December 2009)

In this issue:

Historic victory: Jerzees de Honduras workers win break-through agreement; Honduras in crisis: The untold story of a rising popular movement; Asia Floor Wage Campaign explores new strategy to achieve decent wages; Mexico's double standard: Government busts independent power workers' union while fraudulent protection unions multiply; Korean women's union celebrates ten years of action and progress. A Nicaraguan women's leader joins them to reflect on lessons learned; Made in China: That's all HBC is telling us about its Vancouver 2010 Olympic wear

Download Update 14.3 here.

June 5, 2009

Maquila Solidarity Update Vol. 14.2 (June 2009)

In this issue:

Myth of Mexican workers stealing our jobs debunked; DR-CAFTA labour projects 'valid, but insufficient”; Pressure builds to end forced child labour in Uzbek cotton fields; Crisis presents opportunity for worker organizing in the Philippines; Cornered Russell lashes out at labour critics; Chong Won and Phils Jeon factory workers forced into hiding; Johnson Controls fails to act on worker complaints.

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February 24, 2009

Maquila Solidarity Update Vol. 14.1 (March 2009)

In this issue:

Jerzees factory closure questioned; Another Hanesbrands closure in Coahuila; NAFTA labour side agreement fails again; Financial crisis impacts workers; Maquila Monologues merge theatre with activism.

Download Update 14.1 here.

August 27, 2008

Maquila Solidarity Update Vol. 13.3 (September 2008)

In this issue:

Thai workers walk out; Reaching a deal with Burger King; Hanesbrands workers in Dominican Republic and Mexico; Chinese labour contract law; Puebla government interferes at Mexmode; Chasing the next China.

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May 27, 2008

Maquila Solidarity Update Vol. 13.2 (June 2008)


In this issue:

Bangladeshi workers and labour rights advocates arrested under emergency laws; Factory investigation confirms Catholic students’ sweatshop fears; Play Fair activists set targets for better working conditions by next Olympic Games.

Also: Vaqueros Navarra workers fight blacklisting, struggle for severance pay; 45 hour student sit-in wins No Sweat licensing policy at York University; Montreal garment workers fight factory closure; Cambodian union enters fifth month on strike; Ontario First Nations leaders jailed for peaceful protest.

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February 1, 2008

Maquila Solidarity Update Vol. 13.1 (February 2008)


In this issue:

Grupo Navarra closes factory to punish workers for joining union; New initiatives in El Salvador for former Hermosa workers; Burger King rejects a living wage mechanism; Legal action in Indian courts; WRC clarifies apparel company's record; Savage attack of worker advocate in China; Union members reinstated in Honduras.

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September 13, 2007

Maquila Solidarity Update Vol. 12.2 (September 2007)

In this issue:

Denim workers fight for democratic union; Gildan makes good on promises to laid-off Mexican workers; Will Hermosa workers achieve justice?; No medal for the Olympics on Labour Rights; Ontario school boards collaborate to enforce No Sweat policies; Brands speak out on violence against Chong Won strikers.

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May 31, 2007

Maquila Solidarity Update Vol. 12.1 (June 2007)

In this issue:

New corporate accountability initiatives in Canada; MFA Forum meets in Toronto; Mexico's 'Espacio'; Life after the maquila

Download Update Vol. 12.1 here