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16 April, 2019As part of the ongoing implementation of the global framework agreement (GFA), IndustriALL Global Union and H&M met to establish a national monitoring committee (NMC) in India.
The purpose of the NMC is to develop the national short and long term plans and strategies for implementing the GFA at H&M suppliers. The monitoring committees are composed of local trade unions as well as H&M representatives.
The Indian NMC is now the sixth country-based NMC – the others are in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia and Turkey. The Indian NMC is the first to be composed of all women members.
The two-day meeting in Bangalore focused on building understanding of complaint resolutions and the NMC’s role in the process. Further discussions centred around the development of joint awareness training on freedom of association and collective bargaining for management and workers at H&M suppliers.
IndustriALL NMC members, Prathibha R from Unions United, Rukmini V.P from Textile Workers Federation of India and Thilagam Ramalingam from IndustriALL South Asia office added:
‘’The formation of the NMC in India is a very important step to ensure that the GFA with H&M is implemented effectively. We look forward to having better industrial relations in all H&M suppliers.’’