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FESETE it, is  a Private Law Body/Non-profit/National/Trade Union Organisation. It represents at the sectorial level the Portuguese Unions of the Textile, Clothing, Footwear and Leather Industry. At a national level is affiliated to CGTP-IN (National Confederation) and at European level is part of the Executive Committee of the IndustriAll – European Trade Union – the sectorial organization of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC).


FESETE’s main objective is to support and promote the enforcement of the workers fundamental rights namely, the right to work and job security, the right to a fair wage, the right to equal pay for a work of equal value, the right to health and safety at the work places, the right to liberty, union activities and workers committees, the right to the collective agreements, the specific rights for the children, teenagers and women, the right for training, the right to social security and health care;


FESETE also plays an important role: To accomplish the collective labour agreements and participate in the preparation of other instruments of collective labour regulation; To intervene and participate in the modernization of the sector and the restructuring of the companies with the aim of protecting the workers interests; To participate in the preparation of legislation concerning the workers and the sector, as well as, monitoring the implementation of the economic and social plans; To develop the contacts and the cooperation with similar organizations of other countries and consequently the solidarity between workers from all the world, in particular from the sector; To promote own initiatives in cooperation with other union associations and other public and private entities aiming the training, through its Training Center for the textile, clothing and footwear workers (CEFOTEX), of the young for the labour market needs and adults aiming the skills update necessary to follow the technological development and professional conversion.



ACV-CSC METEA (Belgium Trade Union Organization)


ACV-CSC METEA is an independent  Belgian (doc 4) Trade Union. At the national level, it is part of the Confédération des Syndicats Chrétiens  (General Christian Trade Union Federation) (read more Doc 1 + ), with its 1.7 million members, Belgium's largest trade union confederation. At the international level it is affiliated to IndustriAll Europe and IndustriAll Global Union.


ACV-CSC METEA (doc 2)  is a national trade union which was created on 12  December 2009 from the merger of ACV-CSC Textura and CSC-Metal, the former textile and metalworkers unions (two unions the origins  of which go back to the end of the 19th century). ACV-CSC METEA defends  the collective and individual interests of workers, both active and non-active,  in the metal and textile industry in 23 sectors. It has 10.000 shop stewards and  220.000 members.



Our mission statement is based on the fundamental human rights, democracy, tolerance, solidarity, justice, equality… ACV-CSC METEA strives for more solidarity, better working conditions and income security, a fair social security system, welfare and a better acknowledgement of workers and their representatives, job security and sufficient opportunities for vocational training.



Via social dialogue (doc 3) (normally between employers and worker’s organisations, occasionally with government representatives), through free, national and  branch or company-level  negotiations in order to reach collective labour agreements at both branch and company level but also by influencing government and employers’ decisions. These activities cover topics such as job security, income security, permanent upgrading of knowledge, a better common and unified employee status, quality of work and life, working time and flexibility…


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OS-TOK (Czech Trade Union Organization)


The Trade Union of Textile, Clothing and Leather Industry Workers’ Union (OS TOK) founded in 1990 has a legal entity status (Act no. 83/1990 Coll. on freedom of association) and is economically and politically independent of state authorities or employers. It concentrates its attention to employees in enterprises belonging to three NACE categories (13-14-15). Present number of members, mostly manual workers, is 4276. From them 2782 are women. In line with its Rules, the OS TOK represents and defends interests of its members, providing them a wide range of services: free legal advice in labour, economic and social matters, covering wage-related; counselling in area of employment, working and living conditions, health and safety, collective bargaining at the plant level and related matters. It also provides its members trade union education. OS TOK operates its own website, issues methodological materials for functionaries, it is also organizing training for them.


The OS TOK takes part in consultations and permanent dialogue with relevant employer partner  Association of Textile-Clothing-Leather (ATOK) and runs negotiations designed to conclude sector collective agreements.


The union includes trade union organisations at enterprise level and local trade union organisations. The representatives to the union bodies at all levels are elected. The OS TOK is affiliated to national and European organisations: the Czech-Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions (CMKOS) and  the IndustriAll Europe.



 DISK Tekstil – Textile Workers Union

 - Turkish Trade Union Organization


DISK Tekstil 

There are 1 million formal textile and leather workers in Turkey and the unionization rate of the seven unions is 8.6% and the percentage of workers covered with collective agreement is less than 3% in which only three of them, including DISK Textile could pass national sector threshold. Before the new legislation, leather sector was separated from the textile sector and with the new Act, textile and leather sectors were combined.

DISK Tekstil is a prominent union in Turkey established in 1965. Before 1980, it has over 100 thousand members. Our Union was closed down by the military government and its executive committee members were arrested. In early 1990s, DISK Tekstil was re-opened and reached to ten thousand members in a short while. However in 2001, Turkey faced a huge economic crisis and especially in textile sector, textile companies could not stand against hard competition coming from China, Pakistan and Indonesia and these huge challenges in textile sector had a consequence of huge withdrawal of all trade unions.


DISK Tekstil has started a new organizational leap. Our current member figure is 11 thousand. We have branches in 7 industrial regions. We sign collective agreements in large and foreign textile companies and many medium scale firms. We move with a strategic perspective in organizing textile, leather and footwear sectors.


In Turkey, there are three labour union confederations, Türk-İş, Hak-İş and DİSK - all members of ITUC and ETUC, and one employer union confederation, TİSK.


DİSK (Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey) was founded in 1967. DİSK has 19 affiliate unions. In 70s DİSK had its strongest period with its active struggle. In 1980 coup d’etat, military government banned DİSK till 1992 when it re-opened.