Honduras Labor Framework
Program for Establishing Effective Labor Relations Oversight in Honduras
GlobalWorks Foundation serves as Secretariat for the work of the Honduras Labor Framework Oversight Committee, established in 2009 under an agreement between Russell Brands LLC/ Fruit of the Loom (FOTL), one of the largest private sector employers in Honduras, and the General Confederation of Workers (CGT), one of the three largest Honduran labor federations.
The Honduras Labor Framework provides an unprecedented opportunity to rebuild labor-management relations, promote economic development, advance Honduras’ reputation as a stable destination for foreign investment in the apparel sector and promote labor rights enforcement consistent with the 2004 DR-CAFTA. The Labor Framework has the potential to be replicated in other sectors and countries with poor labor-management relations.
- Rebuild labor-management relations in a country where labor strife is chronic, in order to strengthen workers’ rights and preserve the competitiveness of the Honduran apparel sector.
- Using an Oversight Committee, the innovative model builds local capacity through mediation, comprehensive training and technical assistance.
- The Oversight Committee is composed of four members with extensive expertise in business, apparel production, labor rights and labor management relations. The Ombudsman is a senior lecturer at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
Mediation, Adjudication and Training
- The Oversight Committee serves as a mediator for disputes and a facilitator for constructive dialogue between the parties.
- The Oversight Committee also oversees the development and implementation of capacity-building programs based on best practices that are needed to build a new industrial-relations model. These have included “freedom of association” trainings, and will also involve business, leadership, negotiation and communications trainings.
To Learn More About the Honduras Labor Framework
- “After Bangladesh, Labor Unions can Save Lives” by Lance Compa. Washington Post, May 26, 2013
- “3 Years After Historic Agreement, Honduran Workers and Fruit of the Loom Lead the Way” by United Students Against Sweatshops. October 10, 2012
The work of the Oversight Committee has been supported in part by a major grant to GlobalWorks Foundation from the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor of the United States Department of State.