Better Work Nicaragua: 3rd Compliance Synthesis Report

20 Jan 2017

Better Work Nicaragua

This third Compliance Synthesis Report reflects an overall improvement in compliance. Highlighted in the results of the assessments are the following findings:

Child Labour: No evidence was found
Forced Labour: No evidence was found
Discrimination: No evidence was found

Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining: Three factories failed to implement their existing CBAs. Two of them didn’t provide uniforms to workers and one factory failed to provide a copy of its existing CBA to the workers.. One issue of interference was reported in one factory.

Compensation: Social Security and Other Benefits and Wage Information, Use and Deduction are the areas of this cluster with the highest level of non-compliance, reaching 29%.

Contracts and Human Resources: Compliance in this cluster shows substantial improvements since the previous reports. While all factories continue to comply with all contracting procedures, only three factories failed to implement employment contracts with the correct job descriptions and/or salary information.

Occupational Safety and Health: This is the area where the most and highest levels of non-compliance continue to be found, particularly in OSH Management Systems, Working Environment, Health Services and Chemicals and Hazardous Substances.

Working Time: Compliance in this cluster shows substantial improvements since the previous reports. Only four factories failed to comply with the weakly overtime limit, mainly during high production peaks. The Local Ministry of Labour, for these cases is entitled to provide special authorizations but factories failed to provide these documents during the assessments.

The programme works with the factories to address these findings through advisory services, meetings with the Performance Improvement Consultative Committee (PICC), and training at all levels.

Compliance synthesis reports for each of its country programmes, presenting analysis of non-compliance at the aggregate level. The goal of these reports is to provide transparent information for all programme stakeholders regarding working conditions in the factories participating in the programme.

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