SAO PAULO, Brazil (Nov. 8, 2002)—Workers at three of the world's largest tire makers want to create global union networks, according to the International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions. So far, the only rubber company to sign onto the concept is Freudenberg GmbH.
The agreement sets global standards on issues such as corporate ethics, health and safety and union rights. At the ICEM's Second World Conference for the Rubber Industries in Sao Paulo Oct. 28-29, union officials discussed their ambition to achieve agreements at Goodyear, Pirelli S.p.A. and Groupe Michelin.
The ICEM formally approved efforts by French and Italian trade unions to initiate global union networks at Michelin and Pirelli, respectively.
Delegates also endorsed moves by a Goodyear union steering committee to educate and mobilize its membership in support of a global agreement.