The European Apparel and Textile Organisation (EURATEX) and the European Trade Union Federation of Textiles, Clothing and Leather (ETUF:TCL)

Summary of the initiative

The European Apparel and Textile Organisation (EURATEX) and the European Trade Union Federation of Textiles, Clothing and Leather (ETUF:TCL)
In the Charter, EURATEX and the ETUF:TCL call on their members to encourage actively the companies and workers of the European textile and clothing industry to comply with the following ILO Conventions: The ban on forced labour (Conventions 29 and 105): Forced labour, slave labour and prison labour is banned. Freedom of association and the right to negotiate (Conventions 87 and 98): The right for workers to form and join a trade union, as well as the right for employers to organise, are recognised. Employers and workers may negotiate freely and independently. The ban on child labour (Convention 138): Child labour is forbidden. Children under 15 or younger than the age of completion of compulsory schooling in the countries concerned are not admitted to work. Non-discrimination of employment (Convention 111): Workers are employed on the basis of their ability to work and not on the basis of their race, individual characteristic, creed, political opinion or social origin.

Description of the Initiative



    Contact Point - Commission
    EMPL F.1

    Self/Co-Regulation Basic Act

    Title of Act
    Articles 154 and 155 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union
    Title of Act
    Charter by the social partners in the European textile and clothing sector

    Geographical Coverage

    Global coverage
    Participating Countries


    Problems that lead to the introduction of Self/Co-Regulation and the adoption of the Founding Act
    Target Group(s)
    Textile industry.
    Type of Instrument(s)
    <P>Charter (EU social dialogue text): <A href=""></A></P>
    <P><BR>The EU social partners pursued an autonomous dialogue following the process of social dialogue but resulting in &#39;new generation agreements or autonomous agreements&#39;. These are not transposed into legal acts and therefore do not fall in the remit of traditional social dialogue. Autonomous agreements or new generation agreements are implemented by the procedures and practices specific to management, labour and the Member States.<BR></P>
    Level(s) at which private rules should be defined and applied
    Type of Financing
    Type of Monitoring
    Conduct an initial survey of compliance capacity of future regulateesConduct regular visits and spot checksInitiate complaints proceduresMaintain database of those bounded by the normsProduce regular reportsReceive complaints and verify if norms were breached or notReflexive dialogue with the - stakeholdersOther
    European Commissionyesyes
    National public authority
    International public authority
    Private regulator (code owner)yesyes
    Private independent party with a mandate (e.g. auditors)
    Self-appointed private parties (e.g. NGOs)
    Succinct description of the type of Monitoring
    Article 3 of the Charter a) EURATEX and the ETUF:TCL agree to follow up, in the framework of the Social Sectoral Dialogue at European level, the progressive accomplishment of the implementation of this Charter. b) To this effect, EURATEX and the ETUF will conduct a yearly evaluation of the Charter&#39;s implementation, the first evaluation took place on 10th July 1998. The results of such an evaluation were reported in the framework of the Social Sectoral Dialogue. EURATEX and the ETUF could ask the Commission and Member States to supply the necessary assistance in order to carry out this evaluation. While respecting the principle of the autonomy of the social partners, the Commission will publish autonomous agreements and inform the European Parliament and the Council after undertaking an ex-ante assessment as it does for article 139(2) agreements to be implemented by Council decision. Commission may also monitor the agreements ex-post. Upon the expiry of the implementation and monitoring period, while giving precedence to the monitoring undertaken by the social partners themselves, the Commission will undertake its own monitoring of the agreement, to assess the extent to which the agreement has contributed to the achievement of the Community&#39;s objectives.
    Type of Enforcement
    Faming, shaming and blamingJudicial sanctionsMembership suspension/exclusionPrivate finesOther
    Private Regulator
    Private independent party with a mandate (e.g. auditors)
    Court system
    Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) / Online dispute resolution (ODR)
    Succinct description of the type of Enforcement

    Results of Commission Monitoring

    Year of last Monitoring Results
    Link / Reference of Evaluation
    <A href=""></A>&nbsp;Communication from the Commission, Partnership for change in an enlarged Europe - Enhancing the contribution of European social dialogue, COM (2004)557, 12. 08. 2004.


    SMO self- and co-regulation database - private code 4