Eight brands release joint letter to Mexican government supporting freedom of association

On September 22, eight international apparel brands released a joint letter to the Mexico government expressing their support for the International Labor Organization’s (ILO’s) request that Mexico make further reforms to its Federal Labor Law to ensure respect for workers’ right to freedom of association and to bargain collectively.

Signatories to the joint letter include: adidas Group, American Eagle Outfitters, New Balance, Nike, Patagonia, Puma, PVH, and The Walt Disney Company.

The letter is an initiative of the multi-stakeholder Mexico Committee of the Americas Group, which includes a number of major US and European apparel brands, the global union IndustriALL and MSN.

For the past few years, the Committee has been focusing on what brands can do to address the problem of protection contracts and other barriers to freedom of association in Mexico.