Danone Iuf Agreement

Both Mr Danone and IUF agreed on the need to prioritise sustainable, stable and sustainable employment as one of the best ways to ensure the full benefit of workers` fundamental rights. Since fixed-term and outsourced employment can deprive workers of a certain level of protection, the Comprehensive Framework Agreement (MCA) establishes the principle that the use of fixed-term contracts must be limited to exclusively temporary employment, single employment and pure employment, and in circumstances justified and essential to the industrial viability of the local enterprise. The agreement aims to ensure that management and trade unions engage in dialogue on the use of these precarious and outsourced forms of employment, as well as to implement mechanisms enabling all service providers to report to the content of the agreement, including respect for fundamental human and worker rights. The use of these forms of employment should be subject to regular review and to limit their use as much as possible. The agreement also establishes the principle of equal pay for equal work and general non-discrimination. In addition, all local agreements on the use of precariousness must take into account the sustainability of the company. Finally, all substantial changes in structural employment must be negotiated. This is the tenth global framework agreement signed by the group, the first dating back to 1988. Any new IUL/Danone agreement would give priority to the repositioning of workers within the company if job changes were proposed. This would be achieved by focusing on training programs that give workers new skills to facilitate internal repositioning within Danone, but which could also be of value and practical support in the wider labour market. During the training, which could last up to two years, Danone would ensure that workers would retain their employment contracts, wages and benefits. Implementation would be achieved through negotiations between IUF member associations and management at the local and national levels, while the mechanism put in place to monitor all existing IUF-Danone agreements would be put in place. This agreement sets out specific conditions for the use of temporary work, including the opening of new markets, the economic crisis, seasonal variations in activity, the need for specific skills and skills, and the acquisition of businesses.

Both parties are committed to anticipating the risks (unfair treatment, occupational health and safety, access to social protection) as well as the obstacles (freedom of organization, access to training) that could result from these forms of employment. Finally, the text contains clear principles to ensure respect for fundamental rights for all Danone workers and their subcontractors. The company`s press release mentions reasons such as the opening of new markets, the economic crisis, seasonal fluctuations in activity, the need for specific skills and skills and the acquisition of a business. „Workers and their unions are increasingly concerned about the multiple barriers to effective exercise of rights arising from temporary and relocated contracts,“ said Ron Oswald, Secretary General of IUF.