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Central American Factories Accused of Exploiting Workers During COVID-19 Crisis

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Labor activists are charging the owners of “maquiladoras” in El Salvador and Honduras of using the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to slash wages, lay off workers and repress unionization efforts. Employees at these largely foreign-owned and duty- and tariff-free Central American factories, which assemble raw materials into products for export, are expected to work…

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