Etex, Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) and Ceramic Workers’ Union of the Republic of Argentina (FOCRA)
Lead NCPBelgium
Supporting NCP(s)Argentina
DescriptionSpecific instance submitted by the trade unions Wood Workers’ International (BWI) and Ceramic Workers’ Union of the Republic of Argentina (FOCRA) regarding the activities of Etex, a multinational enterprise operating in Argentina.
Theme(s)General policies, Disclosure, Human rights, Employment and industrial relations
Date29 Feb 2016
Host country(ies)Argentina
SourceTrade Union
Industry sectorConstruction
StatusIn progress
Summary

Read the initial assessment issued by the Belgian NCP – 14 July 2016


On 29 February 2016, the trade union Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) and its affiliate Ceramica Workers’ Union of the Republic of Argentina (FOCRA) submitted a specific instance to the NCPs of Belgium and Argentina regarding the activities of the enterprise Ceramica San Lorenzo, a subsidiary of the Belgian enterprise Etex operating in Argentina.

BWI states that Etex did not observe the Guidelines during a restructuration process which started in October 2015 since they did not consult with trade unions, provide precise information on the financial status of the enterprise or respect the right to collective bargaining. In addition, BWI claims that Etex does not apply due diligence and fails to respect human rights.

On 25 April 2016, the Belgian NCP met with representatives of Etex and received more information about the company and its operations in Argentina. BWI and Etex both provided additional information to the Belgian NCP during the months of May and June.

On 14 July 2016, the Belgian NCP published its initial assessment accepting the specific instance and offering its support in facilitating dialogue between the submitter and the enterprise.