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Global Unions and LafargeHolcim to develop Global Framework Agreement

2 February, 2017Global 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.

“We strongly believe that people are core to the success of the company and our ambition is to create a workplace that is safe, diverse, inclusive, and respectful where people enjoy coming to work. We want to build on our past track record of constructive and responsible social dialogue with the global unions through the development of a Global Framework Agreement”

said Caroline Luscombe, Head of Organization and Human Resources at LafargeHolcim.

“We expect that LafargeHolcim ensures the respect and promotion of international labour regulations in all the geographies where it operates”,

said Valter Sanches, General Secretary of IndustriALL Global Union.

“We welcome the results of the meeting and are ready to put our energy in developing a strong agreement for the well-being of workers of the company”,

said Ambet Yuson, General Secretary of BWI.

The meeting concluded with all parties agreeing their mutual intent to begin to draw up a Global Framework Agreement that will prioritize four key pillars: fundamental rights, health and safety, exchange of information and solution of conflicts and contractors management. Detailed discussions between LafargeHolcim and the BWI and IndustriALL on the agreement are expected to begin in due course with a protocol signing expected in 2017.

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Press contacts:

Matthias Hartwich, IndustriALL Global Union, tel. +41 79 945 57 26
Fiona Murie, BWI, tel. +41 79 446 12 90

IndustriALL Global Union - represents 50 million workers in 143 countries in the mining, energy and manufacturing sectors and is a force in global solidarity taking up the fight for better working conditions and trade union rights around the world. For more information http://www.industriall-union.org/

BWI - The Building and Wood Workers International (BWI) is the global union federation for unions covering workers in the building, building materials, wood, forestry and related areas of work. The BWI has 335 national affiliates in 131 countries with a global membership of 12 million. For more information http://www.bwint.org/