Regional Workshop on Consultation, Co-operation and Collective Bargaining in the Garment Sector in Asia

The ILO’s Labour Standards in Global Supply Chains (LSGSC) project and the GIZ-implemented Social and Labour Standards in the Textile and Garment Sector in Asia (SLSG) Project hosted a two-day workshop on consultation, co-operation, and collective bargaining in the garment sector in Asia. The workshop was held in Bangkok during 15-16 March 2017.

The ILO and GIZ have identified that tripartite constituents could benefit from further information sharing on the topic of workplace co-operation and collective bargaining. As such, they plan to host a regional workshop aimed at imparting knowledge about workplace co-operation and collective bargaining in garment-producing countries. At the workshop, tripartite partners shall benefit from mutual learning and knowledge sharing concerning good practices as well as challenges for workplace co-operation and collective bargaining in the garment sector. They will also benefit from information shared by social partners from other countries as well as from researchers, resource persons and ILO experts.

The meeting aims to:

1. Follow up to the Bali Declaration of the 16th Asia and Pacific Regional Meeting that took place 6-9 December 2016 in Bali and which called on the ILO to build the capacity of constituents to effectively contribute to decent work for sustainable and inclusive development through enhanced social dialogue and collective bargaining;

2. Follow up to the Points of consensus of the Global Dialogue Forum on Wages and Working Hours in the Textiles, Clothing, Leather and Footwear Industries that took place 23-25 September 2014 in Geneva in particular with respect to the promotion of international labour standards related to freedom of association and collective bargaining;

3. Share knowledge on the principles enshrined in International Labour Standards and good practices with respect to workplace co-operation and collective bargaining;

4. Share experiences of inclusive bargaining and its potential benefits;

5. Provide a forum for tripartite constituents in garment-producing Asian countries to exchange information and experiences regarding workplace co-operation and collective bargaining.