Lead NCPBelgium
Supporting NCP(s)
DescriptionSpecific Instance submitted by (K)SBSI, a trade union, concerning an alleged non-observance of the OECD Guidelines by ITUC and ACV, two trade unions.
Theme(s)Human rights
Date6 May 2020
Host country(ies)Indonesia
SourceTrade Union
Industry sectorAdministrative and support service activities
StatusNot accepted

Read the initial assessment issued by the Belgian NCP on 14 September 2020 - English

On 6 and 8 May 2020, an individual, declaring to act as the chair of an Indonesian trade union called (K)SBSI, submitted two specific instances to the Belgian NCP alleging that the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), on the one hand and Algemeen Christelijk Vakverbond - Confédération des syndicats chrétiens (ACV-CSC), a Belgian trade union, on the other hand, had not observed the Human Rights (Chapter IV) provisions of the OECD Guidelines. This issues related to copyright infringement and a dispute about the ownership of (K)SBSI.

The NCP decided to carry out a single initial assessment for both cases as the issues and information provided were similar.

On 14 September 2020, the NCP published its initial assessment whereby it decided that the cases did not merit further examination as ITUC and ACV are not organisations covered by the OECD Guidelines. In its statement, the NCP recommended the parties to enter a constructive bilateral dialogue, in order to find solutions at the national level.

A similar specific instance was submitted by the same individual to the Dutch NCP (see initial assessment) against a trade union organisation in the Netherlands. The Belgian NCP and the Dutch NCP collaborated to process these specific instances.