GLOBAL trade union federation IndustriAll signed a landmark accord with French oil giant Total today guaranteeing workers’ rights for the firm’s 100,000 employees across 130 countries.
The company agreed to uphold the rights of all staff to form trade unions and ensure there was no discrimination against any employee based on union activity.
It committed to recognise that the health and safety of contractors and supplier staff was just as important as that of its own workers, to respect employees’ right to maternity leave without it affecting their pay or career progression and to provide life insurance for the entire Total payroll.
The corporation even promised to terminate contracts with any supplier or contractor not abiding by the agreement.
IndustriAll general secretary Jyrki Raina said the agreement “makes it clear that trade union rights and freedoms must be upheld across the company’s operations and throughout its global supply chain.
“It sends a strong message to Total’s supporters and provides new levels of protection for workers.”
A committee including representatives from Total, IndustriAll and its trade union affiliates will meet annually to ensure the agreement is implemented.
Total chief executive Patrick Pouyanne said he was “pleased” to have signed up to commitments which would “extend the group’s tradition of corporate social responsibility around the world.”
International Labour Organisation director-general Guy Ryder praised the news as evidence of how IndustriAll “contributes extensively to the fight for better working conditions and for the respect of labour union rights.”