A counter balance to transnational corporations
While only directly employing one per cent of the world's workforce, indirectly through complex supply changes and extensive subcontracting, transnational corporations (TNCs) exercise vast control over employment standards in metalworking sectors around the world.
Cost reductions sought by TNCs frequently include a shift from secure to insecure forms of employment, fragmentation of collective bargaining, corporate restructuring, and abuse of human and workers' rights.
There is an urgent need for international solidarity and cooperation among metalworkers in TNCs and along the TNC supply chains to reverse these trends.
IMF seeks to challenge the power of TNCs through two main interrelated streams of work:
Following the renewal of the global framework agreement (GFA) between the IMF and the International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions (ICEM) and Umicore in September 2011, the Monitoring Committee conducted a visit at the company's operation in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, March 6 and 7, 2012.Mar 10, 2012
The Executive Board of the German Group MAN SE, representatives of the MAN SE Works Council and the IMF have signed an International Framework Agreement. The agreement guarantees a single set of working standards for all employees at all company sites worldwide.Mar 07, 2012