Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / IndustriALL Global Union and H&M sign GFA
IndustriALL Global Union and H&M sign GFA
05
Nov '15
Courtesy: Industriall Global Union
Courtesy: Industriall Global Union
The world's largest sectorial trade union organization, IndustriALL Global Union, representing 50 million workers, and the world's leading garment retailer H&M have together with the Swedish trade union IF Metall have signed a global framework agreement, protecting the interests of 1.6 million garment workers.

This innovative global framework agreement (GFA) marks a new level of commitment to fundamental rights of workers across H&M's supply chain. It covers 1.6 million garment workers that are employed at the around 1,900 factories run by the manufacturers where H&M buys their products, IndustriALL said on its website.

The agreement is based on a shared conviction that collaboration between the parties on the labour market is crucial for lasting improvements for the garment workers and the creation of well-functioning industrial relations.

“This agreement opens an exciting new chapter in the relationship between IndustriALL Global Union and H&M. It cements the path towards a sustainable garment industry with unionized workforce, constructive labour-management relations, living wages through industry level collective agreements, and safe workplaces,” said IndustriALL general secretary Jyrki Raina, one of the architects of the groundbreaking Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh which was first signed by H&M.

H&M CEO Karl-Johan Persson said, “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.”

The agreement includes setting up national monitoring committees, initially planned for countries such as Cambodia, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Turkey to safeguard the implementation of the agreement from the factory floor upwards, and to facilitate a dialogue between the parties on the labour market.

The collaboration also aims to promote a well-functioning dialogue between employers and employees in order to solve conflicts peacefully, and primarily at the factory level where they arise.

“The agreement creates a unique system for committees made up of the parties on the labour market, on national as well as international level. Implementing the agreement, primarily through communication and training of trade unions and their member, suppliers and employer associations, but also employers in factories where there are currently no unions, will be the most important task,” said IF Metall president Anders Ferbe.

GFAs are negotiated at the global level between trade unions and companies. They establish the best possible standards on trade union rights, on health and safety, and on the labour relations principles adhered to by the company in its global operations, regardless of the standards existing in a particular country.


Must ReadView All

Coats acquires yarn manufacturer Patrick Yarn Mill

Textiles | On 12th Dec 2017

Coats acquires yarn manufacturer Patrick Yarn Mill

Coats, the world’s leading industrial thread manufacturer, has...

India’s garment imports from Bangladesh up 56% post-GST

Apparel/Garments | On 12th Dec 2017

India’s garment imports from Bangladesh up 56% post-GST

India has imported $87.4 million worth of readymade garments from...

Courtesy: Badger Sportswear

Apparel/Garments | On 12th Dec 2017

Badger Sportswear acquires Alleson Athletic

Badger Sportswear, a leading manufacturer of athletic apparel and...

Interviews View All

Divyesh Mashruwala
Akshar Industries

Surat dominates foiling, embossing and pleating

Abhimanyu Singh Rathore & Barbara Anna Kosiorek
Kannbar

‘Blending cultures is the true beauty of fashion, where one’s imagination...

Rajiv Sirohi
Shara

‘Portugal is taking away a major share of the mill made sector.’

Harsh Shah

Established in 1956 with a small beginning, Embee today manufactures a...

C Dhandayuthapani

MAG Solvics Private Limited was established in 1991 to design and develop...

Anupam Arya

<div>Jaipur-based Fabriclore Retailing Pvt. Ltd. is attempting to revive...

Mark Paterson
Technical Absorbents Ltd

Mark Paterson, R&D manager of Technical Absorbents Ltd talks about Super...

Eric Scholler
Groz-Beckert

The Indian market has huge potential in technical textiles, and by far,...

Iago Castro Asensio
RCfil Distribuciones S.L.

Iago Castro Asensio, International Business Manager of RCfil...

Jay Ramrakhiani
Occasions Elegance Wear

It is believed that by early 19th century, Varanasi weavers had moved away ...

Vaanee Bhatia
Gritstones Clothing

<div>Delhi-based Gritstones Clothing offers quality and exemplary style...

Sidharth Sinha
Sidharth Sinha

<b>Sidharth Sinha</b> has contributed to the successful rebirth and...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

December 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

news category


Related Categories:

Planning to Take the Leap towards
Sustainability?

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes No

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes
69.6%
No
12.0%
Skip
18.5%

Total Votes: 92

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes
62.0%
No
30.4%
Skip
7.6%

Total Votes: 92

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes
87.0%
No
9.8%
Skip
3.3%

Total Votes: 92

Thanks for your valuable feedback. Claim your free latest sustainability e-book.

Active Poll

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes
81.5%
No
8.7%
Skip
9.8%

Total Votes: 92


E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search