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IndustriALL and Tchibo sign framework agreement strengthening workers’ rights across the supply chain

27 September, 2016Today, 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.

IndustriALL Global Union General Secretary Jyrki Raina, Tchibo CEO Dr Markus Conrad and his designated successor Thomas Linemayr, Member of the Management Board for Non Food Senay Tansu, today signed a global framework agreement (GFA) covering the entire Non Food supply chain.

Tchibo is the first German retail company to sign a GFA with IndustriALL. The agreement aims to further improve working conditions, including freedom of association and worker participation, in countries from where Tchibo sources its merchandise.

IndustriALL general secretary Jyrki Raina welcomes the agreement:

“Tchibo has played an important part in pushing for industry-wide collective bargaining for workers, as well as the Bangladesh Accord for Building and Fire Safety in garment factories. By signing this agreement, we consolidate our partnership and empower the people who work for Tchibo in supplier factories around the world.”

 “We want to achieve living wages for all people employed in a country’s garment and textile industry, in each production country” says Tchibo CEO Dr Markus Conrad.

Global Framework Agreements

Global Framework Agreements (GFAs) protect the interests of workers employed in all operations of the multinational companies who sign them.

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.