Brent WILTONSecretary-General IFA/GUF UPDATE April 2013
IFAs • Activity low • New Codere – gaming sector - Spanish • Out to improve content • Language too vague • Higher standard (local vs global) must prevail • Extension – whole global production network • Focus on implementation procedures • Seen as a base for moving towards a more comprehensive strategy
NEW • UNI-CODERE • IFA seen as an important element of due diligence under Ruggie • Minimum wages - but should be enough to cover the workers’ needs and those of their families and “may” include some discretionary income.
REVISION • Inclusion of the “UN Protect, Respect, Remedy” framework • Promotion of adherence • Neutrality – non opposition
REVISION • Hours of work • Family/work balance • O/T always voluntary • premium • ILO as arbiter! • Pay equity • Fair wages
Use • IndustriALL - Turkey • Fontana Pietro – Italian-based supplier to the auto sector – campaign to harass the union in Turkey – dismissals, legal challenge to union recognition. • Volkswagen, Daimler, BMW – IFAs referenced rights observations by suppliers • Asked companies to intervene • Company now recognised union
Corporate Campaigns • Revisiting online strategies • Looking to increase translation (Thai, Indonesian, Vietnamese) • Improved databases of “interested” people/groups • Small screen specific apps. • Use of boycott
Other issues Rapid growth in Indian trade union membership Indian National Trade Union Congress (largest of 7 central trade unions) claim 33.3 million members up from 3.9 million in 2008. • mobilising in informal sector • From permanent to contract workers