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IndustriALL, Inditex form global union to share industrial framework

IndustriALL general secretary, Valter Sanches, and Inditex executive chairman, Pablo Isla, worked on a global framework agreement (GFA) at the International Labour Organisation in Geneva, Switzerland. The agreement contains provisions for a global union committee to share better practices in uplifting the freedom of association and to form collective bargaining.

The committee will be made 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.

The meeting also focuses on the  establishment of joint training policies and programs that involve workers at Inditex factories and suppliers, in order to make progress on the promotion of social dialogue and workplace equality, among other things.