European social partners representing those working in the EU clothing and textile sector have outlined several points they say the EU Commission needs to consider to ensure the forthcoming industrial policy is "fit for purpose".
IndustriALL European Trade Union and Euratex note the EU’s forthcoming industrial policy, which features a strategy for sustainable and circular textiles, aims to ensure that by 2030, textile products placed on the EU market are long-lived and recyclable with the industry moving from a linear to a circular business model.
But they say there are both challenges and opportunities for the giant forthcoming transformation of the sector and are calling for action to ensure that European industrial policy is “fit for purpose” and enables the sector to transform without negatively impacting workers or European industry.
Specifically, the European social partners jointly call for:
“Social dialogue will be more vital than ever in order to ensure that the European textiles and clothing sector can transform into a more sustainable and digital industry while also remaining competitive on a fierce global market,” the statement read. “IndustriAll Europe, Euratex, and their members, will continue to engage in quality social dialogue and to respect collective bargaining in accordance with national practices.
“The European textiles and
clothing sector has a proud history, and the European social partners will
continue to work together to ensure a resilient and sustainable future for the
industry and its workers for generations to come.”
By Just Style