08 July 2014
Inditex renews framework agreement with IndustriALL Global Union
The GFA protects the rights of workers directly or indirectly involved in the global operations of Inditex, setting best standards for trade union rights, health and safety, and environmental practices.
By means of the GFA, Inditex highlights the fact that freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining play a central role in a sustainable supply chain because they provide workers with the appropriate mechanisms for monitoring and enforcing their rights at work.
Inditex's chairman and CEO, Pablo Isla, stated: "The collaboration between Inditex and IndustriALL has proven one of the most effective working tools in terms of identifying and prioritizing lines of initiative that deliver continual improvements in the supply chain. Moreover, signature of this agreement under the auspices of the ILO foreshadows a future of tireless dedication to enhancing living and working conditions in our sector".
IndustriALL's general secretary Jyrki Raina stated: "The GFA with Inditex is a model of mature industrial relations with a multinational corporation. In promoting trade union values, the GFA empowers workers and improves lives, allowing even the most vulnerable people at the bottom of Inditex's supply chain to be heard and protected. Essentially, with the GFA, Inditex underlines that unions are good for business and necessary partners in creating a fair and sustainable supply chain. We look forward to continuing our successful relationship with Inditex well into the future".
Deputy Director-General for Field Operations & Partnerships at the International Labour Organization (ILO), Gilbert Houngbo said: "The ILO welcomes the renewal of the Global Framework Agreement between IndustriALL Global Union and Inditex. This is a positive step towards improving workers' rights and working conditions in the garment industry. It is also a good example of how the strong commitment of workers and employers working together can be turned into action".
The initial GFA was the first to be signed by a global retailer with the International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers' Federation (ITGLWF), before it merged with other federations to become IndustriALL Global Union.
IndustriALL Global Union represents 50 million workers in 140 countries in the mining, energy and manufacturing sectors and it is one of the leading players fighting for better working conditions and trade union rights around the world. IndustriALL has over 40 GFAs with multinational companies.