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As discussions on a potential acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall by the PSA Group continue, IG Metall and the Opel/Vauxhall European Works Council met with representatives from the French car manufacturer on 20 February.
New guidelines aiming to transform risk assessment in the garment and footwear sector have been launched by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in Paris on 8 February.
IndustriALL Global Union and Solvay have renewed their global framework agreement (GFA) for five years, reinforcing and adding commitments that provide the same basic labour and social rights to all Solvay employees at operations worldwide.
Global trade unions represented by IndustriALL Global Union and Building and Wood Worker's International (BWI) met with representatives of LafargeHolcim on 23 January 2017 to launch the process for developing a Global Framework Agreement.
The Global Framework Agreement signed in March 2015 between ThyssenKrupp, German affiliate IG Metall, the company Works Council and IndustriALL Global Union was awarded the silver medal at Germany’s “Works Council Day” on November 2016 in Bonn, Germany.
Today, IndustriALL Global Union and Tchibo signed a global framework agreement in Hamburg, empowering workers and unions at Non Food supplier companies of Tchibo to bargain collectively on wages, social benefits and working hours in their companies and across the industry.
Representatives of unions and management from the French company EDF met in Paris to revive the GFA, officially called “Worldwide Corporate Social Responsibility Agreement”.
The ENEL Global Works Council met in Rome in July 2016 to raise issues from ENEL sites around the world, and develop the renewal of the global framework agreement which will expire.
IndustriALL Global Union and Italian energy giant Eni have renewed their global framework agreement, with improved rights for 33,000 direct employees in 65 countries including a world works council.
Jyrki Raina addressed the International Labour Conference 2016 in Geneva in the context of the discussion on decent work in supply chains. He joined the global union movement in calling for new standards to address labour rights violations in supply chains of multinational companies.
On 26 April 2016 union representatives met with Total company management in Paris, France to discuss further implementation and monitoring of the global framework agreement between IndustriALL and French-based energy giant Total signed in January 2015.
The first meeting of the Bangladesh national monitoring committee was held in Dhaka on 21–22 April 2016 to discuss the implementation of the global framework agreement (GFA).
The Pulp and Paper Work Group of IndustriALL Global Union brings together leading trade unions in the sector to plan and coordinate joint work. At the meeting on 4 April in Pittsburgh hosted by the United Steelworkers (USW), the unions exchanged information on employment, bargaining and the industry as a whole, and made campaign plans.
As part of the Global Framework Agreement (GFA) signed with IndustriALL Global Union and IG Metall in March 2015, the German metal and engineering multinational, Thyssenkrupp, has launched a new system allowing labour-related violations and abuses to be reported online.
Domestic appliance manufacturer Whirlpool has signed a framework agreement covering 24,000 workers.
A global framework agreement (GFA) signed between IndustriALL Global Union and Swedish clothing company H&M has been an accelerator in reinstating sacked workers at garment factories in both Myanmar and Pakistan just a couple of months after it came into force.
Around 200 delegates from IndustriALL Global Union met in Phnom Penh on 9 - 10 December for the Executive Committee. The meeting was held in Cambodia as a show of support for the country’s 600,000 garment workers.
Developing collective action to fight common challenges and build power, the leading trade unions from this diverse industry met at the IndustriALL Global Union World Conference for the Mechanical Engineering Sector.
Global framework agreements (GFA) are an important tool in guaranteeing fundamental workers’ rights, not only in the country where multinational companies (MNC) are headquartered, but also at production facilities along the global supply chain. On 10 November, an international roundtable was held in Moscow, Russia, to discuss whether these agreements could be an additional tool in developing social dialogue in the country.
Global Framework Agreements (GFA)
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