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I write this paper on behalf of the Maquila Solidarity Network in order to draw further attention to the treatment of female workers in Mexican Maquiladoras There are close to a million maquiladora workers in Mexico and over three thousand factories Many of the workers are girls and young women from 14 to 20 years old They work six days a week in grueling 10-hour shifts with very few breaks Working conditions are often hazardous and industrial accidents and toxic exposures are common Since the onslaught of globalization issues of health and Safety wage rates and mistreatment of workers has become more evident and more problematic than ever Heath and Safety complaints have been made about the lack of safety regulations in factories and these complaints have not resulted in any significant change By remaining idle employers merely increase the possibility for future accidents to occur In late 1996 for example PROFEPA Mexicos environmental enforcement authority closed a Jurez-based Maquila owned by Bobinas del Sur after an explosion involving toxic substances left eight workers with third-degree burnsOnline httpwwwus-mexorgborderlines1998bl47bl47ohshtml Working conditions for employees have proven to be extremely unhealthy and in some cases deadly The most common effects are migraines allergies skin problems back problems arthritis as well as asthma and other lung diseases Considering that some workers are sitting on metal chairs staring at sewing machines for hours on end it is no wonder that they are suffering from these ailments The repetitive manual labour can lead to chronic elbow forearm or shoulder pain Little action has been taken in order to correct the basics of ergonomic hazards and solvent exposures Workers in most Mexican Maquilas on average earn between 080 and 125 an hour They work approximately 12-hour days when the legal limit in most places is only 8 hours The workforce within these factories is made up of 60-70 percent females Employees that worker longer than their shifts are not often accurately
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