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Securing living wages in the garment and footwear industry requires a mechanism that can take into account the needs of both business and the worker. Business needs the opportunity to respond timely to economic changes while workers should not be living in a world of daily economic insecurity. Collective bargaining at industry level combines this dual need for flexibility and security by providing employers and workers the freedom to negotiate tailor-made solutions and ensures that commonly agreed standards become binding for everyone.
FOA is a prerequisite to collective bargaining and an enabler of higher wages in and of itself. Respect of FOA provides workers with the voice and representation to negotiate collectively with employers on terms and conditions of work, including wages and benefits.
ACT member brands and IndustriALL Global Union have agreed on the following principles and framework for action:
ACT members are engaged in discussions about ensuring Freedom of Association. Read more about particular issues:
Purchasing practices encompass strategic planning, sourcing, development, purchasing (buying) and the underlying behaviours, values and principles that impact workers.
ACT member brands have committed themselves to working globally – across all sourcing countries – towards changing purchasing practices that are impediments to progress towards living wages and good working conditions. The ACT Global Purchasing Practices Commitments are five concrete steps that ACT brands are taking to start transforming the industry.
While improving purchasing practices alone will not deliver living wages, they are nonetheless an essential piece of the puzzle in enabling wage increases across supply chains and respect for workers’ rights.