Ikea Collective Agreement
“The negotiations were difficult and, of course, we didn`t get everything we wanted. We are at the beginning of our journey, but what is crucial is that we now have our first collective agreement. We have gained experience in negotiations with management and set up the negotiating team,” concluded Miroslav Kysel, Slovak president of the IKEA union. IFBWW and IKEA have developed a joint agreement focusing on the working conditions of IKEA suppliers in the wood products sector. This applies to both independent suppliers and IKEA Group plants in Swedwood. This agreement was signed in Geneva on 25 May 1998. At the meeting of the International Federation of Building and Wood Workers (IFBWW) Wood and Forestry Committee meeting on Monday, May 25, 1998 in Geneva, IKEA, one of the world`s largest retail chains in the furniture industry, and IFBWW have signed a cooperation agreement on working conditions, the natural environment, the health and safety of workers around the world who manufacture and supply products for IKEA. “For many years, workers have been working in a very precarious work environment and local management has made decisions on working conditions with minimal consultation with workers. We believe that workers have the right to decide the “rules of the game” in our factory and that is why we have started a collective bargaining process,” said Miroslav Kysel, IKEA`s union president in Slovakia. Alke Boessiger, Head of United Trade, said: “This is an important agreement for the UNI Malaysia Labour Centre, UNI-Apro and UNI Score.
We want these best practices to apply to IKEA jobs around the world, so that hardworking employees can participate in the overall success of the company. On April 9, 2019, the IKEA Boards union signed its first collective agreement with the company at the company level in Slovakia. Late last year, the union launched a collective bargaining process and several rounds of negotiations took place in 2019. As part of this agreement, IKEA will require its suppliers to be provided with working conditions at least in accordance with national law or national conventions. Suppliers must also comply with all relevant ILO conventions and recommendations regarding their activities. This means, for example, that no child labour can be tolerated and that workers have the full right to join trade unions and negotiate collective agreements. These rules already apply to IKEA-owned manufacturing companies. In Canada, Richmond store employees have been locked out for more than 8 months due to a collective dispute between their union The Teamsters and local management.