The Maquila Solidarity Network (MSN) is a labour and women’s rights organization that supports the efforts of workers in global supply chains to win improved wages and working conditions and greater respect for their rights.
MSN works with women’s and labour rights organizations, primarily in Central America and Mexico, on cases of worker rights violations and on joint projects and initiatives focusing on systemic issues. MSN also works with the Clean Clothes Campaign and other international counterpart organizations on labour rights issues in global supply chains. As a witness signatory to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, we continue to support the Accord’s efforts to improve worker safety in garment factories in that country.
MSN believes that international brands and retailers share responsibility for working conditions in their supplier factories and must be held accountable for policies and practices that contribute to worker rights abuses in those factories. MSN engages with brands on policies they should adopt and the actions they should take to tackle systemic issues, such as lack of respect for freedom of association, poverty wages, precarious employment, and gender-based discrimination.
Between 1994 and 2014, MSN acted as the Canadian contact for international campaigns pressuring and engaging with major brands and retailers to ensure respect for workers’ rights in their supplier factories. MSN also initiated and mobilized support for campaigns focusing on Canadian companies and calling on Canadian public institutions to adopt ethical licensing and purchasing policies. In December 2014, MSN discontinued our campaigning and public education work in Canada, including the publication of our newsletter, the Maquila Solidarity Update, and our electronic bulletin, The Wire.
To read more about our past work (1994-2014) please visit the MSN archives.