IndustriALL has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a number of leading brands in the garment industry. The aim of the agreed process, known as ACT, is to establish systems of industry-wide collective agreements supported by brand purchasing practices as the primary means of wage-fixing in the global garment industry.
The MoU is explicit in identifying the development of industry bargaining in garment producing countries as essential to achieving living wages and the need for effective recognition of workers’ rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining in order for this to be realized.
In the context of global supply chains, where the buyers at the top of the supply chain have the greatest power to influence where value is distributed along the chain and how much of it ends up in the hands of workers, reform of purchasing practices in support of industry bargaining is essential.
By linking national industry-level collective bargaining between unions and employers to the purchasing practices of brands, the ACT process creates a framework for genuine supply chain industrial relations. Through industry bargaining, workers can get a wage that is enough to properly support themselves and their families, and at the same time the specific nature of the industry, working hours, productivity and other issues that have bearing on wages, can be addressed.
For the first time, the ACT process aims to create a system that, by addressing the structural barriers to living wages, has a genuine chance of increasing garment workers’ wages in a way that is scalable, sustainable and enforceable.
1 October 2020 at 16:19
Protect wages, not borders: unions hit a double target and win in Geneva and Switzerland this weekend. A union campaign encouraged the 500,000 population of the Geneva area to vote against growing poverty in one of the world’s most expensive cities by introducing a minimum living wage of CHF 23 (US $25) per hour.
16 September 2020 at 16:00
Textile and garment manufacturers want to use the Covid-19 pandemic as an excuse to reduce wages and benefits of over 75,000 workers, but the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (SACTWU) is standing firm against the push back in the wage negotiations.
14 September 2020 at 12:27
In a blow against working families already fighting the pandemic, the Cambodian government has announced that 2021’s minimum wage is to be set at US$192. Unions had demanded an increase of US$12.35 from today’s minimum wage of US$190.
20 May 2020 at 08:11
Workers at Basra Gas Company, a joint venture where Shell holds a major stake, launched a protest on 18 May over the company’s failure to pay salaries. Around 5,000 workers seconded from South Gas Company (SGC) to Basra Gas Company (BGC) have yet to receive their salaries.
6 May 2020 at 10:59
Over 18,000 workers in the textile and garment sector in Eswatini have not been paid since the announcement of the lockdown to control the spread of Covid-19. This means that the workers have no money to buy food, pay rent, bills and other basics.
16 April 2020 at 11:43
Garment unions in Cambodia are proposing brands and manufacturers contribute 40 percent respectively and the government 20 percent of the minimum wage for workers in factories that have suspended operations due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
31 March 2020 at 18:17
ACT signatory brands have expressed their commitment to maintain responsible business practices and social dialogue with union representatives from IndustriALL Bangladesh Council (IBC) and the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), amid the corona virus outbreak.
12 March 2020 at 14:30
The global outbreak of the Coronavirus is slowing down the economy and eliminating thousands of jobs in the global supply chain in South East Asia. Cambodia and Myanmar are among the most affected countries in the region.
21 January 2020 at 11:52
Around 130,000 members from three Turkish metal unions, Türk Metal, Birleşik Metal-İş and Özçelik-İş, are determined to continue their struggle for a fair collective agreement after negotiations fail. Unions are planning a strike next month, if a solution is not found.
15 January 2020 at 09:30
The Indonesian union movement is vehemently opposing a proposed bill on job creation, saying it will destroy workers’ welfare in near future. Nationwide protests are planned later this month, calling for the controversial bill to be scrapped.
3 December 2019 at 17:14
Located in the Sidama Region, Hawassa Industrial Park is the largest in Ethiopia with potential to employ over 60,000 workers, in line with government policies to create decent jobs for millions of the unemployed. The park currently employs about 25,000.
19 November 2019 at 16:33
Textile, clothing, leather and footwear industries employ more than 600,000 people in eight South-East European countries, with the proximity to major European markets providing growth opportunities. But with salaries as low as €200-400 per month in some countries, union leaders are reporting that it is difficult to attract young workers.
19 November 2019 at 09:00
By signing the ACT MoU with IndustriALL Global Union in November 2019, Lidl became the first German discounter to commit to ensuring living wages in its garment and footwear supply chain through freedom of association, collective bargaining and responsible purchasing practices.
15 November 2019 at 15:40
After eight months of negotiations, factories producing for ACT brands in Myanmar have agreed on a Myanmar Freedom of Association (FoA) Guideline with IndustriALL affiliate Industrial Workers’ Federation of Myanmar (IWFM).
1 November 2019 at 11:09
On 29 October, demonstrators in New York City called on major sports brand Adidas to join ACT, the global initiative on living wages. By refusing to join ACT, Adidas is effectively standing in the way of progress towards a living wage for garment workers.
25 October 2019 at 14:52
Bosnia-Herzegovina must secure living wages and proper training for workers to ensure a skilled workforce for the manufacturing industries in the future, concluded union leaders at a seminar organized by IndustriALL Global Union and industriAll European Trade Union on 16-17 October in Sarajevo.
23 September 2019 at 14:24
IndustriALL Global Union garment unions in Cambodia have welcomed a raise in the monthly minimum wage from US$182 to US$190 but reiterated calls for sectoral collective bargaining as a means to reach a living wage.
19 September 2019 at 16:47
Karnataka government’s long delay in announcing minimum wages triggered massive protests on 12 September at Bengaluru. Hundreds of thousands of workers have been waiting for the new minimum wage since February last year.
20 August 2019 at 16:40
Some 20 union activists of the Chemical Workers Union Alliance (CWUA), an IndustriALL Thai affiliate, marched outside the government house demanding an increase of national daily minimum wage to 425 THB (US$14) and an increase of monthly social benefit for aging people to 3000 THB (US$97).
12 August 2019 at 13:58
On 12 August, the president of Taiwan Petroleum Workers’ Union (TPWU) Zhuang Jue-An called on the Taiwanese government to increase the monthly minimum wage from NT$23,100 (US$744) to NT$28,862 (US$928), to ensure a fair distribution of income to workers.