ACT member brands and IndustriALL Global Union are cooperating to achieve living wages for workers in the global textile and garment industry supply chains through mature industrial relations, freedom of association and collective bargaining.

Collective bargaining is impossible without Freedom of Association: the right of workers and employers to form and join organizations of their own choosing (ILO Convention No. 87). The right to Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining are internationally recognized human rights and part of the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Core Labour standards.

Workers and employers, without distinction whatsoever, shall have the right to establish and, subject only to the rules of the organisation concerned, to join organisations of their own choosing.


ACT member brands and IndustriALL Global Union have agreed on the following principles and framework for action:

  • Workers must be free and able to exercise their right to organize and bargain collectively in accordance with ILO Conventions.
  • A joint approach is needed where all participants in global supply chains assume their respective responsibilities in achieving freedom of association.
  • ACT members will provide capacity building, including training of managers and workers on freedom of association and collective bargaining.
  • ACT members commit to design strategies on how to proactively promote freedom of association.


Freedom of Association (FOA) and collective bargaining are the best way to deal with conflicting interest and to achieve mutual respect and joint responsibility.

Successful cooperation requires a common understanding about the contents and practical implications of Freedom of Association.

In Myanmar, ACT brands have supported suppliers and trade unions in jointly developing a Guideline on Freedom of Association to contribute to constructive relations between workers and employers.

Download Myanmar Info Brief

Download Myanmar FOA Guideline

Download Letter of Agreement on the Myanmar FOA Guideline