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Inditex, IndustriALL to work on garment sector recovery

Spanish firm Inditex and IndustriALL Global Union have decided to jointly support the global garment industry to recover from the crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The organisations pledged to do this in a joint declaration signed in Arteixo and Geneva recently. A major purpose of this agreement is a commitment to stable payment terms and financing to support suppliers’ cash flow.

This will enable them to honour payments to workers so that jobs and incomes are protected, IndustriALL said in a press release.

The agreement builds on a longstanding partnership between the company and the global union, which began with a global framework agreement signed in 2007 and renewed in 2019.

The agreement pledges to respect freedom of association and collective bargaining rights, giving workers the right to join a union to advance their interests. It promotes social dialogue at all levels, and commits both organizations to working with governments and business organizations in source countries.

The agreement reinforces commitments to other multistakeholder initiatives, including the International Labour Organisation’s Call to Action in the Global Garment Industry and the ACT initiative.

The health and safety of workers will be ensured. Supplier companies will implement protective measures, and provide personal protective equipment. As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and economies reopen, Inditex and the global union committee will monitor the safe resumption of normal operations.

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