On 27 January, IndustriALL and Michelin signed an agreement for the establishment of the Michelin Global Works Council. The new Council, which represents the group`s workers, will rely heavily on the work, methods and positive results of Michelin`s European Works Council (MEWC). The ILO notes that the number of IFAs signed from year to year between 2000 and 2016 has increased and that 115 agreements were concluded in 2016. The European Commission has set up a database of transnational enterprise agreements, with IFA and EDF indicating that 10 additional IFAs have been concluded in 2017 and 8 in 2018. The IFA generally focuses on the metallurgical, construction, chemical, food and service sectors, and it is generally accepted that such negotiations are initiated by trade unions. In a globalized economy, global and regional framework agreements and joint declarations have proven to be a valuable tool in preventing violence and harassment. Some agreements between NSMs and global trade union organizations have been used to address gender equality issues in global supply chains. Many women work in global production plants, sometimes located in export processing areas (EPCs) in emerging and developing countries, some of which are covered by framework agreements, but many are not. However, challenges and gaps in the achievement of fundamental rights and decent work are well documented in many CPEs, where collective bargaining is rare and women workers are particularly vulnerable to harassment and discrimination (ILO, 2017, paragraph 5); Morris and Pillinger, 2016; Hadwiger, 2015). Codes of Conduct Collective bargaining; Corporate social responsibility Decent work European collective agreements; European framework agreement; Labour standards Social dialogue transnational enterprise agreement. Over a two-year period, IndustriALL`s subsidiaries in Turkey and Bangladesh successfully organized more than 50 subcontracting plants as part of an effective implementation program of global framework agreements. Dominique Michel: As a recent development in the field of industrial relations, international framework agreements are an interesting topic for the ILO. The ILO Director-General attended the signing of some of them, such as Chiquita.
Several ILO departments (social dialogue sector, Institute of Labour Studies, employers` and workers` business offices and the programme of multinational enterprises) monitor and analyse these developments. The ILO`s tripartite declaration on multinational enterprises and social policy is a useful reference point for companies considering the content of these agreements. This statement contains recommendations on the desirable behaviour of companies in terms of employment, equal opportunities and treatment, qualifications, working conditions, occupational health and safety and labour relations. The German automaker systematically refusing to grant the same rights to its employees in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, as in the rest of the world, IndustriALL Global Union today suspends its long-standing global agreement with Volkswagen.