However, since the crackdown of civil society and the implementation of the foreign NGO law, there is a significant fall of studies and activity regarding labour rights. This political circumstance in China has long prompted discussions amongst many international retailers on how to fulfil their commitment on enabling workers to access rights on Freedom of Association (FoA)as laid out on the ILO conventions, the UN Guiding Principles and the Base Codes of the joint-Ethical Trading Initiatives and the Code of Labour Practices of Fair Wear Foundation, and how to progress worker representation within a China context.
About the seminar
As a response to build retailers’ capacity and knowledge on this complex issue, and to facilitate meaningful conversations amongst retailers, the joint-Ethical Trading Initiatives and Fair Wear Foundation would like to invite members and stakeholders to a one-day seminar on how to engage on worker representation in China.
The seminar aims to:
- enable members across MSIs to learn from each other’s experiences
- identify common steps and learnings involved in the FoA journey
- provide a safe space to discuss challenges and issues
- explore the possibility of a collective approach to enable worker representation in Chinese supply chains
09:00 - 10:00 Co-working space avaliable for early arrivers
10:00 - 11:00 Registration - Coffee and tea avaliable
11:00 - 11:15 Welcome and introductions
11:15 - 12:15 Worker representation in China - whats is the situation and structure, Representative from the International Trade Union Congress (ITUC) TBC
12:15 - 13:00 How to start/continue the journey of worker representation, Beverley Hall, Senior Advisor Industrial Relations, Ethical Trading Initiative
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch and networking
14:00 - 15:15 How to enable worker representation in China:
- Examples of engaging with factory unions
- Examples of engaging with committees
- Examples of starting from scratch - how to begin the conversation
- Incorporate worker representation in the ethical trade work
- Lessons learned - do’s and dont’s in the Chinese context
- What is realistic expectations as to how worker representation can work in your Chinese supply chain.
Please register your attendance via Stine Foss (firstname.lastname@example.org). As the number of spaces available for the seminar is limited to 50, kindly register at your soonest convenience.
Once you have registered, please transfer the seminar fee (50 EURO) to the below bank account:
Fair Wear Foundation
BIC: ABNANL 2A
Please reference clearly “Seminar Worker Representation 7 March 2019’’