Since 2011, Better Work Nicaragua (BWN) has joined with workers, employers and government to improve working conditions and boost the competitiveness of the garment industry in the country.
The Nicaraguan garment industry is worth USD 1.5 billion annually and is one of the most important manufacturing sectors sustaining national income and creating jobs. Since launching in Nicaragua, BWN has grown to cover 70 per cent of the industry’s workforce and 60 per cent of its factories and taken significant steps to improve working conditions in the industry.
Among them are: putting in place a national level tripartite Project Advisory Committee to develop guidelines for the implementation of Better Work; supporting the formation of worker/management committees in factories; and advising national policy makers and developing a capacity-building initiative for union leaders, including leaders at the grass-roots factory level.
To date, BWN has trained or contributed to strengthening the capacities of over 8000 thousand workers, 650 union members, 350 management representatives and 100% of the Labour Inspectors of the country.