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Restricted possibilities of unionization within the maquila industry of El Salvador

Eriksson, Jenny (2004)
School of Social Work
Abstract
The research for this study, concerning trade unions within the maquila industry, has been carried out during a three months period in the Central American country of El Salvador. Fieldwork and research has been financed by the MFS (Minor Field Study) scholarship of SIDA. Research questions used throughout the field study have focused on the possibility of unionization and the role and position of trade unions within the maquila industry in El Salvador. The study has mainly been made through the perspective of people who is working to improve the organizational situation for workers within maquilas in El Salvador. The information is mainly based on semi-structured interviews of members of trade unions and non-governmental organizations... (More)
The research for this study, concerning trade unions within the maquila industry, has been carried out during a three months period in the Central American country of El Salvador. Fieldwork and research has been financed by the MFS (Minor Field Study) scholarship of SIDA. Research questions used throughout the field study have focused on the possibility of unionization and the role and position of trade unions within the maquila industry in El Salvador. The study has mainly been made through the perspective of people who is working to improve the organizational situation for workers within maquilas in El Salvador. The information is mainly based on semi-structured interviews of members of trade unions and non-governmental organizations involved. Other investigative reports and studies are also used in order to give a wider perspective of the issue. The results have shown that the possibilities of unionization are limited due to a variety of reasons. For example, prevailing anti-union practices among owners of the maquilas, inadequate implementation of laws in favor of the workers, corrupt relations and a weak and fearful workforce. It is widely believed that the current role of trade unions has failed to address the objectives of the workers within the maquila industry in an adequate and democratic fashion. The important institutional representation of trade unions in El Salvador is referred to as null, when only government-allied organizations are allowed to be included in the established Salvadorian tripartite corporative forum. (Less)
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author
Eriksson, Jenny
supervisor
organization
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Social problems and welfare, national insurance, Sociala problem, social välfärd, socialförsäkring
language
English
id
1358938
date added to LUP
2004-11-08
date last changed
2004-11-08
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  abstract     = {The research for this study, concerning trade unions within the maquila industry, has been carried out during a three months period in the Central American country of El Salvador. Fieldwork and research has been financed by the MFS (Minor Field Study) scholarship of SIDA. Research questions used throughout the field study have focused on the possibility of unionization and the role and position of trade unions within the maquila industry in El Salvador. The study has mainly been made through the perspective of people who is working to improve the organizational situation for workers within maquilas in El Salvador. The information is mainly based on semi-structured interviews of members of trade unions and non-governmental organizations involved. Other investigative reports and studies are also used in order to give a wider perspective of the issue. The results have shown that the possibilities of unionization are limited due to a variety of reasons. For example, prevailing anti-union practices among owners of the maquilas, inadequate implementation of laws in favor of the workers, corrupt relations and a weak and fearful workforce. It is widely believed that the current role of trade unions has failed to address the objectives of the workers within the maquila industry in an adequate and democratic fashion. The important institutional representation of trade unions in El Salvador is referred to as null, when only government-allied organizations are allowed to be included in the established Salvadorian tripartite corporative forum.},
  author       = {Eriksson, Jenny},
  keyword      = {Social problems and welfare, national insurance,Sociala problem, social välfärd, socialförsäkring},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Restricted possibilities of unionization within the maquila industry of El Salvador},
  year         = {2004},
}