Mexico: 14 apparel international companies voice support for recent labour reform

14 international apparel brands sourcing or producing in Mexico sent a letter to the Ministry of Labour to support the recent labour reform and to express their expectation that its implementation will better protect freedom of association and collective bargain.

In 2015, 9 brands sent a similar letter expressing their concern over collective bargain. The letter is available here. 

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28 July 2017

14 clothing brands release joint letter supporting labour justice reform in Mexico

Author: Maquila Solidarity Network (US)

…14 international clothing brands and the Fair Labor Association (FLA) released a joint letter to the Mexican government declaring their support for a Constitutional Reform to Mexico’s labour justice system that could better protect workers’ right to freedom of association and to bargain collectively. The letter expresses the hope that the yet-to-be-released implementing legislation for the reform will guarantee the right of workers to be represented in collective bargaining by a union of their free choice and to vote on any collective bargaining agreement before it is registered…The letter follows up on a 2015 joint letter from eight apparel brands expressing support for the International Labour Organization’s (ILO’s) call for labour law reform in Mexico.

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28 July 2017

Letter to the Labor and Social Welfare Secretariat

Author: 14 brands & NGOs

Honorable Secretary Navarrete Prida: On behalf of the undersigned multi-stakeholder organization and apparel and footwear companies that source textile and footwear products from Mexico, we would like to extend our congratulations to the Mexican government on reforming the Constitution of the United States of Mexico to promote labour justice. In particular, we commend the creation of labour tribunals and an independent, decentralized institution for the registration of trade unions and collective bargaining agreements…We are encouraged that the constitutional reform, published in the Diario Oficial de la Federación on 24 February 2017, includes the creation of new labour institutions as part of the judicial system to replace the tripartite conciliation and arbitration boards, paving the way for workers in Mexico to more fully enjoy their internationally recognised rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining, as protected under ILO Conventions 87 and 98, and for a stronger Mexican labour justice system…

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