El Salvador: Appalling Situation in the Export Processing Zones

Author: International Trade Union Confederation, Published on: 10 February 2010

A new International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) study on core labour standards in El Salvador reports that many…workers employed in the country’s 15 export processing zones suffer from appalling treatment ranging from verbal abuse and threats to physical abuse and sexual harassment. There is a clear anti-trade union policy and dismissal of workers planning to join or form a union…The ITUC report, published to coincide with the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) review of El Salvador’s trade policies, finds…child labour remains a widespread problem…forced labour occurs through the trafficking of human beings, especially women and girls for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation.

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