Global Framework Agreements
Global Framework Agreements (GFAs) serve to protect the interests of workers across a multinational company’s operations.
Global Framework Agreements are negotiated on a global level between trade unions and a multinational company. They put in place the very best standards of trade union rights, health, safety and environmental practices, and quality of work principles across a company's global operations, regardless of whether those standards exist in an individual country.
IndustriALL prioritizes establishing, monitoring and improving GFAs with multinational companies.
IndustriALL has existing GFAs with the following multinational corporations. Click on each company to view more information and the agreement text.
Aker, BMW, Bosch, Daimler, EADS, EDF, Electrolux, Endesa, Enel, Eni, Evonik, Ford, Gamesa, GDF Suez, GEA, H&M, Indesit, Inditex, Lafarge, Leoni, Lukoil, MAN, Mann + Hummel, Mizuno, Norsk Hydro, Norske Skog, Petrobras, Prym, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault, Rheinmetall, Röchling, Saab, SCA, Siemens, Solvay, SKF, Statoil, Tchibo, Total, ThyssenKrupp, Umicore, Vallourec, Volkswagen, ZF
23 February 2017 at 10:12
As discussions on a potential acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall by the PSA Group continue, IG Metall and the Opel/Vauxhall European Works Council met with representatives from the French car manufacturer on 20 February.
3 February 2017 at 11:46
IndustriALL Global Union and Solvay have renewed their global framework agreement (GFA) for five years, reinforcing and adding commitments that provide the same basic labour and social rights to all Solvay employees at operations worldwide.
2 February 2017 at 13:48
Global trade unions represented by IndustriALL Global Union and Building and Wood Worker's International (BWI) met with representatives of LafargeHolcim on 23 January 2017 to launch the process for developing a Global Framework Agreement.
15 November 2016 at 17:48
The Global Framework Agreement signed in March 2015 between ThyssenKrupp, German affiliate IG Metall, the company Works Council and IndustriALL Global Union was awarded the silver medal at Germany’s “Works Council Day” on November 2016 in Bonn, Germany.
IndustriALL and Tchibo sign framework agreement strengthening workers’ rights across the supply chain
27 September 2016 at 13:47
Today, IndustriALL Global Union and Tchibo signed a global framework agreement in Hamburg, empowering workers and unions at Non Food supplier companies of Tchibo to bargain collectively on wages, social benefits and working hours in their companies and across the industry.
9 June 2016 at 13:22
Jyrki Raina addressed the International Labour Conference 2016 in Geneva in the context of the discussion on decent work in supply chains. He joined the global union movement in calling for new standards to address labour rights violations in supply chains of multinational companies.
9 May 2016 at 09:30
On 26 April 2016 union representatives met with Total company management in Paris, France to discuss further implementation and monitoring of the global framework agreement between IndustriALL and French-based energy giant Total signed in January 2015.
12 April 2016 at 13:49
The Pulp and Paper Work Group of IndustriALL Global Union brings together leading trade unions in the sector to plan and coordinate joint work. At the meeting on 4 April in Pittsburgh hosted by the United Steelworkers (USW), the unions exchanged information on employment, bargaining and the industry as a whole, and made campaign plans.
30 March 2016 at 09:58
As part of the Global Framework Agreement (GFA) signed with IndustriALL Global Union and IG Metall in March 2015, the German metal and engineering multinational, Thyssenkrupp, has launched a new system allowing labour-related violations and abuses to be reported online.
7 January 2016 at 15:34
A global framework agreement (GFA) signed between IndustriALL Global Union and Swedish clothing company H&M has been an accelerator in reinstating sacked workers at garment factories in both Myanmar and Pakistan just a couple of months after it came into force.
10 December 2015 at 10:54
Around 200 delegates from IndustriALL Global Union met in Phnom Penh on 9 - 10 December for the Executive Committee. The meeting was held in Cambodia as a show of support for the country’s 600,000 garment workers.
24 November 2015 at 14:44
Developing collective action to fight common challenges and build power, the leading trade unions from this diverse industry met at the IndustriALL Global Union World Conference for the Mechanical Engineering Sector.
12 November 2015 at 15:17
Global framework agreements (GFA) are an important tool in guaranteeing fundamental workers’ rights, not only in the country where multinational companies (MNC) are headquartered, but also at production facilities along the global supply chain. On 10 November, an international roundtable was held in Moscow, Russia, to discuss whether these agreements could be an additional tool in developing social dialogue in the country.
3 November 2015 at 09:52
The world’s largest sectorial trade union organization, IndustriALL Global Union, representing 50 million workers, and the world’s leading garment retailer H&M have together with the Swedish trade union IF Metall signed a global framework agreement, protecting the interests of 1.6 million garment workers.