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3 November 2014

Spain: BWI signs new IFA with Spanish International Construction companies, Sacyr, Acciona and Dragados, together with Spanish affiliates

BWI signs new International Framework Agreement with Spanish International Construction companies, Sacyr, Acciona and Dragados, together with Spanish Trade Union affiliates CC.OO. Construcción y Servicios and MCA-UGT, represented by General Secretaries Viente Sanchez and Carlos Romero. The IFA was signed in Madrid, Spain on 29 October 2014.

The purpose of International Framework Agreements (IFAs) is to assist Trade Unions affiliated to the Building and Woodworkers International and to promote respect for human and trade union rights. This framework agreement constitutes a formal recognition of social partnership at the global level. It provides a global framework for protecting trade union rights and encouraging social dialogue and collective bargaining, with a view to maintaining good working conditions and industrial relations.

Ambet Yuson, BWI General Secretary, speaking at the signing ceremony in Madrid said: “We know that these companies take seriously social responsibility towards their employees, recognising the goal of guaranteeing good working conditions. Promotion of compliance with internationally recognised human and Trade Union rights on the basis of ILO core labour standards are a central principle in their corporate policy."

This partnership with the global Trade Union movement in the construction sector will provide an important mechanism to demonstrate and to implement our joint commitment to those principles.”

In the opinion of the Spanish Unions, ”We trust that this agreement will set an example that will be followed by the other major construction companies operating outside of Spain.”