Inditex is the first textile company in the world that will have a global union committee, a union coordination body that aims to ensure that all companies in the supply chain, whatever the country in which they are located, share the " best practices in promoting the rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining as a basis for strengthening workers' working conditions."
The committee is part of the renewal of the Global Framework Agreement between Inditex and the international federation of unions IndustriAll Global Union, which dates from 2007.
The new agreement contains provisions for a global union committee to exchange best practices in promoting the freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining. The committee will be made up of union representatives from Inditex's six main production clusters around the world and representatives from IndustriALL Spanish affiliates Comisiones Obreras and UGT. Through the global union committee, local union representatives will participate more directly in how the GFA is applied and have the chance to receive advice from union experts, as was stipulated in the expansion of the agreement agreed upon in 2016.
One of the key aspects of the agreement is the establishment of joint training policies and programmes that involve the workers at Inditex factories and suppliers, in order to make progress on the promotion of social dialogue and workplace equality, among other things.
Pablo Isla, president of the Spanish textile giant, is confident in the "traction effect" that the new body may have on working conditions in the textile industry, while Valter Sanchez, IndustriALL general secretary, stressed that it will serve to "empower our affiliated unions, which provides a new tool to increase their power of negotiation ”.
Sources: Spain's News and IndustriALL