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Model Letter to the Nicaraguan Ambassador

August, 15 2006 Share

 

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Ambassador Salvador Stadthagen Icaza

Embassy of Nicaragua in the United States

1627 New Hampshire Ave. NW

Washington, DC. 20009

Fax: 202-939-6545

Phone: 202-939-6570

Email: Salvador.stadthagen@embanic.org

 

Dear Ambassador Stadthagen:

 

I am very concerned by the deteriorating human rights situation at the Arnecom auto part plants in Nicaragua and urge your immediate intervention to bring these plants into compliance with all Nicaraguan state and internationally recognized worker rights standards.

Workers seeking a job at Arnecom must first parade around naked before management to show they are fit. Women face mandatory pregnancy tests. Workers earn just 41 cents an hour and $19.68 a week, a well below subsistence level wage falling 30 to 44 percent short of meeting even a family's most basic needs. Arnecom workers report being soaked in their own sweat all day due to excessive factory temperatures. Permission is necessary to use the bathroom. Workers are punished for sitting down or being even a few minutes late to work. There is constant pressure to meet excessive production goals and in some departments workers are exposed to dangerous chemicals. The workers legal right to freedom of association is being systematically violated by Arnecom managements aggressive union busting drive, including threats and firings, to create an atmosphere of intimidation and fear directed at the independent union organized on May 29, 2005.

I urge you to immediately contact your labor ministry officials in Leon to insist they guarantee that all legal worker, human, and women's rights standards are being strictly adhered to by Arnecom, in practice and not just words, including the workers legal rights to freedom of association and the right to organize and independent union.

I find Arnecom's systematic union busting tactics all the more disturbing as they come on the eve of the vote on the Central America Free Trade Agreement in the U.S. Congress.

Thank you for your attention to this serious issue, and I look forward to hearing your response.

Sincerely,