International Frame Agreement

As supply chains become increasingly international, AFIs are being used to promote decent work beyond the company`s borders, as described by the International Labour Organization (ILO): „Most OF the IFAs signed after 2009 also contain provisions for the multinational`s suppliers.“ [1] 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. IndustriALL has also entered into global agreements with multinationals that cover specific key issues in all sectors of these companies. These include our global health and safety agreement with ArcelorMittal and our global sexual harassment agreement with Unilever. ILO References (2018), International Framework Agreement in Food Distribution, Clothing and Chemistry: Lessons from Three Case Studies, Geneva. IndustriALL (2019), IndustriALL suspends a global agreement with Volkswagen on 21 January. Uni Global Union (2018), UNI Global Union and Banco Itaé extend global agreement on workers` rights, 23 October. IndustriALL (2014), guidelines for Global Framework Agreements (GFA), Geneva. ILO (1998), ILO statement on fundamental principles and rights in the workplace, Geneva. Carrefour (2018), UNI Global Union and Carrefour strengthen global cooperation, Annecy.

Uni Global Union (2018), Global Agreement between BNP Paribas and UNI Global Union promotes workers` rights, gender equality for the company`s 200,000 workers worldwide, Nyon. ILO Online: Do these agreements also have an impact on related suppliers or businesses? Dominique Michel: They do not replace direct negotiations between companies and employees at the national or company level, they simply provide a framework for these negotiations to be conducted constructively and at a minimum. IFAs have a global scope and are signed by GUFs. The main objective of the IFA is to ensure that international labour standards are met at all sites of the target company.



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