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18.07.2011 00:00 Alter: 10 Jahre

Sitzung der Expertengruppe "Transnational Company Agreements" der Europäischen Kommission

Am 3. Mai 2011 fand in Brüssel das 5. Treffen der Europäischen Expertengruppe statt. Im Mittelpunkt dabei: die Rechtswirkungen von Transnationalen Abkommen in Unternehmen. Zu diesem Treffen war auch PASOC mit Herrn Fischer (Pfleiderer AG), und den Kollegen Frank Bergmann (EBR) / Gisbert Brenneke (Arbeit und Leben) eingeladen, um dort über die Verhandlung und Einführung der Pfleiderer Sozialcharta zu berichten. Wir dokumentieren an dieser Stelle den Kurzbericht für die Pfleiderer AG aus dem Protokoll dieser Sitzung:

“Insider views – The approach to effects of transnational company agreements in Pfleiderer AG
Social Charta
:  First, Mr Fischer introduced Pfleiderer AG which has its headquarters in Germany, is one of the leading producers of wood products and employs 5,400 people worldwide (EU, Russia, Canada, US) (See presentation - Link page down)

The 2010 Social Charter (PASOC) applies in all the countries where Pfleiderer AG has manufacturing sites. The Charter is the result of a project started in 2009 by the employee representatives, with international workshops attended by the EWC, trade-unions and the management. Building on the good experience in EWC, the company answered positively to the employees’ initiative which was in coherence with its policy for social responsibility and allowed giving a positive signal to employees in this difficult economic period.

Different views and expectations between the parties needed however to be reconciled during the five-month negotiations, especially concerning the legal aspects. The uncertainty as to the legal effects of a reference to ILO standards, as well as the lack of ratification of some of these standards by the USA and Canada, were notably considered as a major problem and legal issues almost prevented an agreement to be reached. The good mutual understanding and responsibility of both parties, the experience brought by the trade union federation BWI and the wish to give substance to the idea of a social Charter enabled however to go beyond legal aspects and reach a positive conclusion.

Mr Fischer outlined the reasons for Pfleiderer to finally agree to the project despite the concerns and legal risks the company is concerned by the issues of sustainability and CSR and this project was a contribution to the development of decent working conditions. He pointed that the Charter was also a way to implement in all countries the guidelines on cooperation which were developed in Pfleiderer AG in 2004 as well as to improve the image of the company and to reinforce its cooperation with the EWC. The core aim is to guarantee fair and sustainable working conditions for all the employees but it was also very important to develop the principle of dialogue and cooperation between employer and employees.

In addition to legal issues, Mr Fischer observed that the implementation and its costs was an important issue, on which a meaningful compromise was found to limit the costs of the implementation while taking means to ensure it. The Charter has been translated and measures have been taken to include its implementation in all the instructions, guidelines or communications given to management. Moreover, a monitoring-team was established. In the event of disputes the first step is local, then the works council or trade unions can play a role and finally, the PASOC Monitoring Committee can be called upon. If no solution is found, terminating the agreement would be envisaged.”

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