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Title: European Trade Union Federation


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European Trade Union Federation Textiles,
Clothing, Leather and Shoes
Bled 24 November 2008 ESSD
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1. Introduction
  • ETUFTCL Who are we?
  • 65 branch organizations
  • 36 countries
  • A little over one million workers (/-40)
  • Affiliated to the ETUC at European level, and
    our founding members are the ITGLWF and the IFTC
    at international level (ITUC)
  • Observer status for Med since 2003

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2 The TCL Social Dialogue at European level
introduction
  • Origine
  • 1992 creation of 3 IWG with the pro-active
    support of the EU-Commission ( formal SSDC in
    1998)
  • For a while, one of the few industrial sectors,
    if not the only sector, to have such a SSD

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At that time
  • Huge difficulties in TCL sectors better to
    tackle them jointly than divided adaptations
    easier when they are agreed than when they are
    imposed by one party ( employers) to another
    (employees)
  • b) SP wanted to reaffirm their attachment to an
    autonomous bi-partite SD, and to its sectoral
    dimension that takes into account the S
    specificities - dialogue which is integral part
    of the EU social model/ the EU  acquis
    communautaire  

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3. TCL SSD Balance after 15 years
  • Bi ( tri) partite SD gtlt no negotiations over
    wages
  • One or two years needed to know/understand/trust
    each other/ jointly identifying the specific
    problems of the sector
  • Globally ( and in comparison to other sectors)
    positive balance.
  • By the more advanced sectors .. But urgent needs
    of the sector.
  • Numerous challenges

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3.1 TCL SSD Balance
a)   (re) enforcement of the information and
consultation from the Commission services in
different areas that have a social and economic
impact on our sectors ( such as phase out of the
MFA-ATC)
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3.1 TCL SSD Balance
  • 1/
  • COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION
  • GLOBAL EUROPE
  • Europes trade defense instruments in a
    changing global economy
  • A Green Paper for public consultation
  • COM (2006) 763 final
  • Brussels, 6.12.2006
  • 2/
  • Proposition de
  • REGLEMENT DU CONSEIL
  • sur lindication du pays dorigine de certains
    produits importés de pays tiers
  • COM (2005) 661 final
  • Brussels, 18.12.2005

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3.1 TCL SSD Balance (2)
  • b) Impact on SSD at national level

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3.1 TCL SSD Balance (3)
  • c) joint initiatives such as
  • many projects on education/ gender equality
    (2000-2002)
  • buyers guide for public procurement, including a
    social and environmental dimension (2003-2004)
  • implementation of European sectoral framework
    agreements ( 2004-2005)

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3.1 TCL SSD Balance (3)
  • d) adopted a series of common positions
    /recommendations, such as
  • common vision (90) about the trade/
    industrial/social and regional measures to be
    taken at EU-level for our TCL sectors ( HLG 24
    meetings between March, the 5 and June, the 30 st
    in 2OO4) many concrete follow projects

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Impact démantèlement AMF/ATC/2005 Groupe de
haut niveau 
  • Table des matières
  • INTRODUCTION
  • UNE STRATÉGIE GÉNÉRALE
  • DROITS DE PROPRIÉTÉ INTELLECTUELLE
  • RECHERCHE ET DÉVELOPPEMENT, INNOVATION
  • COMMERCE EXTERIEUR
  • EDUCATION, FORMATION ET EMPLOI
  • ASPECTS REGIONAUX
  • COMPETITIVITE

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3.1 TCL SSD Balance (4)
  • e) signed our 3 CC/sectoral framework agreements
    between SP ( 1997-2000) ( CLS, world level/direct
    and indirect)
  • and agreed (2004) to
  • - resume discussions on the strengthening of
    the implementation (independent verification
    )after pilots
  • - enlarge the transposition into national CC
    agreements to the NMS and CC ( 2007)

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  • 22 September 1997 with Euratex (Core Labor
    Standards)
  • July 2000 with Cotance (leather-tanning sector)
    CLS, WT (working time), health and safety,
    living wage
  • 17 November 2000 (updated) with CEC (shoe sector)
    - CLS, WT (working time), health and safety,
    living wage

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3.2 TCL SSD but Balance -
  • As Trade-unions
  • Needs of the sectors (1/1/2005, China) with job
    losses from 100.000/ygtgtgtgt180.000/y
  • Soft  issues European CC agreements ( gtlt
    agriculture, transport sectors)
  • Weakness of the SSD P in the NMS/CC

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Example of European SSD agenda
  • 1. Approval of the draft agenda and the proposed
    minutes of the meeting held on 03/09/2003
  • 2. Report from Commission services on the state
    of play of the Textile and Clothing dossier after
    Cancun (WTO) and Geneva (11.00)
  • - Mr. F. Perreau de Pinninck, DG Trade
  • 3. Report from Commission services on the
    communication proposing measures to promote
    competitiveness in the Textile and Clothing
    Sector (COM 649, 29/10/2003)
  • - Mr. L. Girao, DG Enterprise
  • 4. Enlargement
  • -   Presentation and discussion of the
    intermediary report on the representativeness of
    social partners in candidate countries the
    textile sector (study carried out by the UCL on
    behalf of DG Empl) (12.00)
  • - Mrs. M. Mormont and Mr. A. Chaidron, UCL
  • -   Following up discussions on the second social
    and economic Forum in the textile-clothing sector
    (B3-4000 project) to be held in Bulgaria
  • 5. Public procurement
  • -    Follow-up of the PROMPTEX initiative by the
    partners

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Example of European SSD agenda (continued)
  • 6.   Code of Conduct 
  • -   Following up the Worker Management
    Education Project for Supply Chain Factories on
    Productivity and Working Conditions' in Turkey
    project
  • Mrs G. Lange, ILO Office in Ankara
  • -    Following up the discussion on
    implementation and verification proposed
    enforcement of a joint editorial group
    (Euratex/ETUFTCL) on the codes implementing
    means based on Turkish and other experiences
  • 7.  Better visibility / interrelation
    (articulation) of European and national
    sectoral social dialogues in the TC sector .
  • -    Proposed assessment of SSDs in the various
    Member States Preparing the possible set-up of a
    joint Euratex/ETUFTCL working group with a view
    to co-drafting a questionnaire for the various
    levels of SSDs
  • 8.   Vocational training in the European
    textile-clothing sector potential and existing
    LEONARDO projects
  • 9.   Discussion on the Work Programme for 2004
  • 10. OtherCSR Corporate Social Responsibility
    following up the progress of discussions at
    European level

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4 Recent initiatives4.1 Guide on public
procurement TCL
  • Public procurement represent 15 TU in Europe
  • SSP  Good practices in cleaning/surveillance
    sectors
  • Promptex / SSD / HLG
  • Guide recommending to choose for best value/
    price 
  • Inclusion of socio- environnemental standards
    (ILO CLS, etc.)

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4.2 Social Reporting Leather
  • Follow-up pilot Cotance/FSE
  • EU Green Paper and Communication on CSR
  • GRI, .
  • Info on subcontracting, relocations
  • gtgtgt Negotiation with Cotance SP Recommendations
    in 2006, Project 2008

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4.3 Restructuring in TC
  • Importance of SD at all levels
  • Anticipation/management change
  • HLG
  • Communication EU Commission
  • gtgtgt Project Euratex/ETUF
  • Joint Recommendations 25/04/07 gtgtgt ESSD
  • November 2007 gtgtgt Signature 30/05/08

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4.4 Project capacity building in NMS/CC
  • Weak/non existing bipartite SSD in
    NMS/CC(gtlt EU- social legislation)
  • Low representativeness of SSDP and weak coverage
    of the CA
  • gtgtgt  Integrated  project ( TCL) aiming at the
    capacity-building of the SSDP with Cotance (L)
    and Euratex (TC) pilot-project facilitating
    participation of those SSDP in the EU SSD
  • gtgtgt Final conference 31/05/08
  • gtgtgt Follow-up project gtgtgt 5-7/11/08

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4.5 TC Observatories
  • 6 2 Joint Bi- Tri partite bodies specific for
    TCL training and education
  • Best practices
  • Faisability of transposition to NMSs and CCs
  • (CZ, HU, SK, SL, RO, BG, TR ????)
  • Networking of  Observatories  at enlarged EU
    level.

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5. TCL SSD Conclusion
  • European Inter professionnal SD 1985
  • ( gtlt 50 years or more in OMS) the ESSD has to
    take his place in the EU structure
  • Sectoral Joint Committees from 1955 on but SSD
    launched in 1998Today 32 SSDC
  • and !!!!! chemical/metal industries to
    join
  • Links Inter/National/Sect Bottom-up
  • SD is the European way to manage market
    economy essence of the European social model
    part of the Copenhagen criteriagtgtgt thus not an
    optional matter.

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Thank you www.etuf-tcl.org
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