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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H&M, IndustriAll Global Union and Swedish trade union IF Metall partner to promote well-functioning industrial relations

H&M, the global trade union IndustriAll Global Union and the Swedish trade union IF Metall collaborates to promote well-functioning industrial relations.

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN,  2015-11-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — The parties have signed a unique Global Framework Agreement, GFA, aiming for an improved dialogue between the employer and the employee at the supplier factories where H&M is buying their products from. They 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.

“Well-functioning industrial relations including collective bargaining are keys to achieving fair living wages and improved working conditions in our supply chain. We believe that the collaboration with IndustriALL and IF Metall will contribute to our already ongoing work within this field as well as help to create stable sourcing markets”, says Karl-Johan Persson, CEO of H&M.

The collaboration will contribute to our already ongoing work within this field as well as the creation of stable sourcing markets. One of the goals is to help the employees and employers to solve conflicts peacefully, and primarily at the factory level where they arise. Therefore, the agreement includes setting up national monitoring committees, initially planned for countries such as Cambodia, Bangladesh and Myanmar, that will work towards this goal. The collaboration with IndustriALL and IF Metall will also help us in our work to address collective bargaining and collective agreements.

We believe that well-functioning industrial relations are necessary when working towards a more sustainable textile industry. A development in this direction is positive for all parties – textile buyers, suppliers, factory employees, trade unions and governments. However, it is a complex issue. Many of the countries where H&M operates have little experience of a good dialogue by the parties on the labour market. Therefore, we have a unique opportunity to push this development in a positive direction.

Read the press release about the collaboration agreement.

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H&M, the global trade union IndustriAll Global Union and the Swedish trade union IF Metall collaborates to promote well-functioning industrial relations. From left: Jyrki Raina (IndustriAll), Karl-Johan Persson (H&M) och Anders Ferbe (IF Metall).

H&M, the global trade union IndustriAll Global Union and the Swedish trade union IF Metall collaborates to promote well-functioning industrial relations. From left: Jyrki Raina (IndustriAll), Karl-Johan Persson (H&M) och Anders Ferbe (IF Metall).