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The joint training activity was organised by GFA signatory global union federations PSI and IndustriALL together with EDF management, with the objective of empowering the EDF representatives, members of the GFA implementation committee, to identify, raise and uphold human and labour rights across the Group.
Facilitated by PSI, IndustriALL, ILO, TUAC and EDF union and management representatives, the training activity included specific sessions on International Labour Conventions, the ILO Tripartite Declaration on Multinational Enterprises (MNEs), the OECD MNE Declaration, GFA practices from other companies and Due Diligence. It featured practical cases where union and management representatives had to come up with solutions in the event of supply chain, trade union rights and discrimination issues.
EDF GFA Committee members working together on the simulation of practical human and labour rights cases
For the first time, the union delegation included a union representative from EDF Brazilian subsidiary Norte Fluminense.
The Secretary of the GFA Committee, Antonio Murillo Calvo (CSC-ACV BIE), said: “This training was a necessary first step to help building a common understanding of the international human and labour rights frameworks that underpin the EDF GFA not only between union and management, but also among union reps from different industrial relations systems.”
EDF management representative Karine Delliere said: “Joint training activities are important foundations for both parties to work and resolve issues together in line with the dialogue and trust-based approach we enshrined in the GFA. We are working to make sure that approach now trickles down to the company subsidiaries and supply chain”.
ILO's Anna Biondi handing in the ILO Compendium on Freedom of Association 2018 to the EDF CDRS Secretary and Management representative
The GFA committee has developed a short guide to the GFA available in different languages to facilitate the agreement dissemination and engagement at all EDF workplaces.
The guide can be downloaded via these links: