Zara parent company, Inditex, has launched a supplier union network in Vietnam

Zara parent company, Inditex, has launched a supplier union network in Vietnam

Spanish fashion giant Inditex has signed a global framework agreement (GFA) with the IndustriAll Global Union, launching a supplier union network in Vietnam.

The formation of the network has been under development since 2015, when IndustriAll held a workshop on organising in the global supply chain. This meeting developed into the creation of a northern and southern network which now form the base of the new model.

Earlier this year, Inditex said that through the union building project, collective bargaining training for the shop stewards of its suppliers is focusing on how to improve the quality of collective bargaining agreements. Implementing the GFA inside supplier factories by instructing leaders on international standards such as ILO core conventions and OECD guidelines was another important issue, it said.

Inditex working towards trade union network in Vietnam

In Vietnam, Inditex has some 130 factories covering around 150,000 workers who produce products for seven Inditex brands, including Zara, Pull&Bear, Maximo Dutti and Bershka.

"The global framework agreement between IndustriAll and Inditex gives the Vietnamese textile and garment unions a base to collectively organise their work," says Christina Clausen, IndustriAll's textile and garment industry director. "This is key to building sound and democratic industrial relations."

Over the weekend, Inditex and several of its key suppliers, along with non-profit group Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), attended a seminar which discussed Inditex's sourcing and sustainability model, both globally and locally.

Based on the two-day seminar, which was held in Danang, the newly-formed network set several key goals:

  • Mobilise workers to increase density
  • Harmonise collective bargaining themes to begin to work towards national standards
  • Develop training for network base unions for collective bargaining
  • Exchange information between local unions  

Last month, Swedish fashion retailer H&M re-signed its GFA with IndustriAll and Swedish trade union IF Metall, converting an earlier deal into a permanent collaboration.

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