Trade unions aim at improving wages and working conditions of workers. This is why they are an effective means for workers to assert their rights.
The right to freedom of association allows workers to join and actively participate in trade unions. The right to collective bargaining means that every employee has the right to be represented by a trade union in the context of wage bargaining.
The work of trade unions is being jeopardised in many producing countries of the textiles industry. Their representatives are often threatened or unlawfully detained. The fundamental rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining are hence often restricted in these countries.
Collective action is needed in order to solve this structural problem. This is why the Textiles Partnership cooperates with initiatives such as Action, Collaboration, Transformation (ACT). ACT, together with the global union IndustriALL, supports collective wage negotiations in producing countries.
Further information on working conditions and the work of trade unions can be found here: