Export processing zones (FTZ) in Nicaragua
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- Labour Conflict Highlights EPZ Firms'
- By Roberto Fonseca, IPS, 24 July 1998. In early 1998,
Chentex—the largest clothing manufacturer in
Nicaragua's export-processing zones
(EPZs)—announced that it would withdraw from
Nicaragua in the face of a disput with its
workers. However, following an agreement between
management and the union, the Taiwanese-owned company has
decided to renew its contracts. Exports from the EPZ
sector dwarf Nicaragua's coffee, sugar and seafood
- Union-busting in Nicaragua's free trade
- Labor Alerts, 3 February 2000. The
Nicaraguan Labor Ministry, the new management of
Nicaragua's free trade zone and some factory managers
appear to be engaged in an effort to rid the free trade
zone of unions. With independent (non-company) unions
recognized in five or more factories, Nicaragua is a
leader in Central America for union organizing in its
maquiladora (assembly for export) sector. Destruction of
the maquiladora unions in Nicaragua would represent a
setback for the entire region.
- Free Trade Zone Factory Management
- Nicaragua Network Hotline, 28 October 2002.
Hundreds of workers at the King Yong garment factory in
Managua protested last week that the Korean owners of the
factory are violating their labor and human
rights. Harling Bobadilla, of the Garment Workers
Federation cites their complaints about management.