Uni Global Framework Agreements

Access to broadband has become essential for full participation in the economy and society as a whole. Fast broadband networks have the potential to create jobs and boost economic performance. The Uni Global Union and its affiliates are very active in the campaign to ensure universal, accessible and affordable broadband for all. 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. Global unions IndustriALL, Public Services International (PSI) and Building and Wood Workers International (BWI) welcome and support the programme launched by the Energiemultiengie Group. Global unions recognize the recognition of the key role of trade unions and social dialogue in the current crisis to ensure the long-term viability of the company and the health, safety and well-being of its employees. 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. The Latin American Regional Framework Agreement adopted in 2001 by Chiquita, IUF and COLSIBA requires the parties to enter into a joint agreement on sexual harassment (annexed to the agreement) to work on training strategies and exchange best practices and to ensure that workers have access to information about their rights.

The annex also refers to the ILO`s Code of Conduct for Health and Safety in Agriculture, which contains a model policy on sexual harassment (ILO, 2011d). The common understanding of sexual harassment was a point of entry for a project in Panama. To avoid sexual harassment, one of the goals is to ensure that more women hold leadership and supervisory positions on plantations, where the majority are currently men. 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.

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