5. Specifics of the ITGLWF draft agreement. What is in it ?
6.Initial employer responses
7. ITGLWF emerging strategy
The Nature of the Beast ...….. Players in the Garment Industry Apparel merchandisers Apparel Manufacturers Buying agents/supply chain managers Trading companies/import export firms Retailers Suppliers
Wield enormous power which affects wages and intensification of work
Decision on sourcing policy critical
Garment sourcing in the global era Licensee Merchandiser/retailer Buyer Research,Design Supply Chain Manager Marketing,
The global subcontracting chain…. First subcontractor Sub-subcontractor “ Shop-house” Home workers Supplier Home workers
A Global Product Zip made in Japan Cotton from Benin Dyed in Milan using German indigo Brass rivets made in Italy ( Namibian copper and Australian zinc) Thread from Northern Ireland Polyester core from Japan Assembled in Tunisia
Cotton from Benin Jeans assembled in Tunisia Thread from Northern Ireland Brass rivets made in Italy from Namibian copper and Australian zinc Zip made in Japan Polyester Thread Fibre made in Japan Denim dyed in Italy
International Sourcing into the New Millenium European Union Own production 26% Imports 74% USA Own Production 18% Imports 82% Asia 27% 36% Intra EU 22% Central Europe & North Africa 20% Rest of the World 5% 3% Caribbean & Central America 29% Mexico 14%
International Operating Principles : Labour Unions
SLKP believes in a union free environment, except where laws and cultures require us to do otherwise. The company treats people with equity and fairness, and believes that employees themselves are best able to voice their concerns directly to management. SKLP is committed to the strict observance of laws and regulations related to union activity and encourages individual freedom and direct dealing between employees and management while actively discouraging union representation of employees where the law allows.