India: After 8 months, union signs agreement with H&M supplier Gokaldas Exports that recognises union & reinstates all 1,257 unfairly dismissed workers
"Union wins reinstatement of 1,257 workers in India", 8 February 2021
After an eight-month struggle and international solidarity campaign, the Garment and Textile Workers’ Union (GATWU) has signed an agreement with H&M supplier Gokaldas Exports that recognizes the union and reinstates all the 1,257 workers – mostly women - who were fired...
The resolution of the union paid off, and on 1 February 2021, Gokaldas Exports signed a memorandum of understanding with GATWU, their national centre NTUI and IndustriALL.
The most important points of the agreement are:
- All 1,257 workers who were employed when the factory shut will be offered work if they apply before 15 March 2021.
- ECC-2 will remain shut, but workers will be offered employment in two other factories.
- The company will provide transport to the factories.
- GATWU will be recognized as the sole bargaining agent for three years in any factory where they have more than 20 per cent membership...