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Hilights Archive: July 27-28, 2010

Secretary Solis announces Better Work Project in Nicaragua

Secretary Solis announces Better Work Project in Nicaragua

US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solís announced DOL’s funding of a Better Work Project in Nicaragua. At meetings with high-level officials on July 27-28 in Managua, Better Work Nicaragua stakeholders reaffirmed their commitment to actively participate in the upcoming program. National and international attendees, including Nicaraguan Minister of Labor Jeannette Chávez Gómez, shared their vision and expectations for successful implementation in anticipation of the project launch in early 2011.

Secretary Solís discussed the program goals and strategy with national stakeholders—in particular, factory owners and managers, trade unions, and the Government of Nicaragua including President Daniel Ortega. “The Better Work Program will help the workers and the private sector, and it will help the development of the garment sector in Nicaragua” declared Secretary Solís. In addition, Secretary Solís met with international brands and retailers such as VF Corp., Levi Strauss & Co., Gap Inc., Gildan, Fishman & Tobin and Wal-Mart, who are active supporters of the Better Work Program in other parts of the world.

Better Work is a unique partnership program between the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) which seeks to improve labor standards compliance in global supply chains, both to protect workers’ rights and to help enterprises become more competitive. Better Work Nicaragua will focus initially on the garment industry and will provide assessment, advisory and training services to factories. The project will engage government, employers’ organizations, trade unions and the National Free Trade Commission to provide guidance on challenges and solutions to labor compliance issues.