H&M, IndustriALL and IF Metall convert Global Framework Agreement into permanent collaboration

H&M, IndustriALL and IF Metall convert Global Framework Agreement into permanent collaboration
H&M, IndustriALL and IF Metall convert Global Framework Agreement into permanent collaboration


STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2016-Oct-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — The signing parties all share the belief that collaboration and a well-functioning dialogue between the parties on the labour market is necessary for lasting improvements for the garment workers in all areas of working conditions, including fair living wages, but also for stable production markets, and in the end; a mature textile industry. The goal of the work is improved industrial relations where the freedom of association is respected, where workers’ representatives have a voice and where trade unions can negotiate collectively.

The collaboration within the Global Framework Agreement has led to several positive results. National monitoring committees – consisting of representatives from IndustriALL’s affiliated trade unions and H&M – have been set up and trained in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar and Turkey. The committees support employers’ and workers’ organisations to negotiate and to solve conflicts peacefully and in good faith at the factory level. Their work contributes to functioning labour markets in the countries where H&M source its products.

Several cases have been solved thanks to the collaboration within the Global Framework Agreement – for example a conflict at a textile factory in Myanmar earlier this year which started mainly due to misunderstandings and a lack of communication between management and employees. The conflict resulted in strikes and at a later stage also a dismissal of employees. However, after negations initiated and organized by IndustriALL and H&M, all employees were rehired and a union was started allowing the factory to take steps towards sound industrial relations and a reduced risk of future misunderstandings and conflicts.

“The support to factory level unions within the supply chain of H&M has been one key objective of the GFA between IndustriALL Global Union and H&M.  Moreover, during the first year of the implementation process, there have been several new factory level unions registered.  This is a key step in the development of well-functioning industrial relations. It should be noted that these newly formed trade unions and their management counterparts need to have additional capacity building in order to achieve well- functioning industrial relations. From our experience this year, these newly formed labour/management relations are fragile.”


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Weis Markets to convert five Mars Super Markets into Weis Markets locations in Baltimore County, MD

Sunbury, PA, 2016-Aug-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Weis Markets today (July 28, 2016) announced its schedule to convert five Mars Super Markets into Weis Markets locations. The stores will close at 10:00 p.m. on Friday, July 29 and will reopen as Weis Markets at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 4, with more than 500 former Mars employees joining the new Weis Markets store teams. The acquired locations in Baltimore County include two stores in Dundalk and individual units in Essex, Arbutus and Carney.

“We are excited to steadily grow within Baltimore County and will make this transition as seamless as possible for the community and our new associates,” said Kurt Schertle, Weis Markets’ Chief Operating Officer. “Our goal is continuity; we will continue to offer a wide variety of local products carried in Mars stores. We are also thrilled that more than 500 Mars associates will join our Weis Markets family. We look forward to sharing our commitment of value, quality and customer service.”

The newly converted Weis Markets stores will add more than 3,000 Weis brand products which offer brand name quality at an affordable price. Weis Markets has a long-standing history with local farmers and will continue to partner with growers to provide shoppers fresh and affordable food including a wide selection of organic produce, baked goods, quality meats and fresh dairy items.

Weis Markets also plans to finalize the purchase of 38 Food Lion stores in September, six of which are located in the Baltimore region. Once those reopen as Weis locations, the Company will operate 15 stores in the Baltimore region, essentially tripling its presence in the community within a few months’ time.

For more information, please visit www.WeisMarkets.com.

About Weis Markets
Founded in 1912, Weis Markets, Inc. is a Mid Atlantic food retailer operating 162 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. For more information, please visit: WeisMarkets.com or Facebook.com/WeisMarkets.


1000 South Second Street
PO Box 471
Sunbury, Pennsylvania 17801

Source: Weis Markets, Inc.