Presenting ACT at the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers Meeting 2017

ACT was invited to speak at the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers Meeting 2017. Jenny Holdcroft, Assistant General Secretary, IndustriALL Global Union and Thomas Linemayr, CEO Tchibo – in a panel discussion together with the German Federal Labour Minister Andrea Nahles, Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization, and Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General – presented ACT, the initiative between global brands and retailers and trade unions to transform the garment and textile industry and achieve living wages for workers through industry-wide collective bargaining linked to purchasing practices. In their Ministerial Declaration G20 Labour and Employment Ministers acknowledge that:

“Fair and decent wages are a key component of decent working conditions in sustainable global supply chains. Building on the ILO MNE Declaration, we emphasise that wages should take into account the needs of workers and their families, the cost of living and economic factors. In this respect, minimum wage legislation and collective bargaining in particular can set income floors to reduce income inequality, eliminate poverty wages and achieve sustainable wage growth. Social partners can play an essential role in this process, including through social dialogue. In this respect, we also take note with interest voluntary national and international initiatives like ACT (Action, Collaboration, Transformation), the joint initiative of global retailers, brands and trade unions working towards living wages in the textile and garment sector.”