On March 17, FLA published a paper by ASOCIACIÓN SERVICIOS DE PROMOCIÓN LABORAL on social protection for apparel and footwear workers in Central America. The target countries in the study were Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua – which have seen an estimated 20% decrease in employment in this sector over the past three years caused by the financial crisis in the United States and an increased shift of apparel and footwear production to Asian countries. The investigation formulates, together with a series of critical opinions of the system that is behind the maquila industry in Central America, a series of proposals to improve the conditions of workers. The work focuses on technical proposals for social protection originating from government sectors and from worker organizations -- including some proposals to which employers are sympathetic – but goes beyond to investigate countries beyond the target area and even from other latitudes in order to consider ways to improve the practice of compliance with labor rights.
Download the paper in English or Spanish below, and read more about the event in Washington, DC.