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News Releases

July 5, 2007

Maquila Solidarity Network calls for investigation into attacks on Philippine strikers

Canadian church, human rights and trade union organizations, including MSN, are calling on Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to launch an independent investigation into recent armed attacks and death threats against striking workers at the Chong Won Fashion garment factory.

January 11, 2010

Unfortunately, Olympic skiers aren't the only ones in a race to the bottom...

In the run-up to the February Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, an international coalition of worker rights organizations is releasing its rating of commitments made by major sportswear brands to eliminate sweatshop abuses in their global supply chains.

July 28, 2009

News Release: MSN welcomes company statement on Honduras coup

International labour rights group welcomes company statement on Honduran coup; asks why more companies haven't spoken out

October 19, 2007

US brands disclose findings of investigation into alleged worker rights abuses at Mexican blue jean factory

An October 18 letter from three major US brands addressed to senior management of the Mexican blue jean manufacturer, Grupo Navarra, verifies worker allegations that the company has been harassing, dismissing and forcing them to sign resignation letters for attempting to form an independent union.

April 21, 2008

Sportswear industry shamed by new allegations on working conditions

MSN-authored report challenges sportswear companies to meet targets by next Olympiad

As the clock ticks down to the Beijing Olympics, international sportswear companies are amassing huge profits and arranging multi-million dollar sponsorship deals with the Games, Olympic athletes and national teams.

Meanwhile, workers producing their goods are still living in poverty. In a new report, “Clearing the Hurdles: Steps to improving working conditions in the global sportswear industry”, Play Fair 2008 calls upon brands, manufacturers, and multi-stakeholder initiatives to overcome four major hurdles to make real, measurable progress on wages and working conditions in the global sportswear industry.

April 15, 2008

Torch relay for worker rights at Olympics reaches Canada

Join the PlayFair Labour Rights Olympic Torch Relay!

Electronic relay spreads message over mobile networks, internet

While the official 2008 Olympic torch relay ducks to evade the scrutiny of human rights activists, an alternative human rights Olympic torch relay is set to journey across Canada en route to Beijing.

April 7, 2008

Investigation for Catholic School Boards uncovers worker rights violations in factory producing school uniforms

RJMccarthy sockToronto- For years, students have been asking questions about where and under what conditions their school uniforms are being made. A new report on a factory investigation conducted by the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) for Catholic School Boards in Ontario confirms their worst fears.

October 17, 2007

US brands call on Puebla state authorities to hold free and fair union vote

Six major US apparel brands that buy blue jeans from Mexican jean manufacturer Grupo Navarra are speaking out in favour of the right of workers employed at the Vaqueros Navarra factory in Tehuacan, Mexico to be represented by the union of their free choice.

June 11, 2007

New Report Exposes Child Labour and Gross Violations of Adult Workers’ Rights in Factories Making Olympics-Licensed Goods

A new report released today by the PlayFair 2008 Campaign exposes gross violations of workers’ rights by several Chinese factories supplying goods under license for the Beijing Olympics, including employment of children, adults being paid half the legal minimum wage, and employees forced to work 12-hour shifts, seven days a week, in unsafe and unhealthy conditions.

May 31, 2007

Nike report strong on transparency, weak on wages, says labour rights group

TORONTO - The Maquila Solidarity Network (MSN), an international labour and women's rights organization based in Toronto, today responded to the release of Nike's 2006 Corporate Responsibility Report.