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MFA+3 Report

January 9, 2009

Panel I: Is there a future for garment production in the Americas?

Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean have experienced massive changes in the apparel and textile industries in the last three years. Most notably, factory closures have impacted most countries, with production moving both within and outside the region.

January 9, 2009

Panel III: The Role of the State

Labour legislation and strategies for regional regulation 

Many of the organizations attending the seminar are active in pushing national and local governments to improve labour regulations and their enforcement in order to protect worker rights. In recent years, there have been a number of initiatives both from the grassroots and from the international community to enhance labour ministries and their capacity to act on labour rights violations, many funded by US AID and linked to the DR-CAFTA trade agreement.

January 9, 2009

Looking towards the future: Priorities, preoccupations and proposals

In this section of our report on the regional seminar MFA+3: Labour Rights in a Changing Industry, we highlight some of the main observations and conclusions of the seminar participants.

January 9, 2009

Panel II: View from the ground

 Working group reports

Smaller working groups of participants met to discuss the particular issues and experiences within their country or region.

Grupo Mexico

Candido Cerón, Elizabeth Robles and Patricia Juan Pineda from the Mexico group

January 9, 2009

Panel VII: A proactive international agenda for change in the industry

Two initiatives

The final panel highlighted two different campaigns - one at the international level focused on the sportswear industry and another in Asia focused on wages - to assess their relevance in the Americas.

Kevin Thomas from MSN presented the core pillars of an international campaign targeting sportswear manufacturers.

January 9, 2009

Panel VI: China

The reality behind the myths

Predictions about apparel production after the end of quotas had the vast majority of production moving to China. At the time, there was much talk of Chinese workers "winning" in the competition for production orders.

May Wong

 May Wong, Globalization Monitors

January 9, 2009

Panel V: Brand leverage and campaigns to support worker organizing

What's working? What's not? What have we learned?

After more than a dozen years of brand-based campaigns on labour rights in the garment supply chain, the participants have gained many insights into what works and what doesn't.

Carolina Quinteros

 Carolina Quinteros, GIMES

January 9, 2009

Panel IV: Decent work in the garment sector

Sandra Ramos

 Sandra Ramos, MEC