H&M in contact with AFL-CIO to solve the issue of union representation in the US

In a reply to the American trade union organisation AFL-CIO H&M suggests a direct discussion between H&M and AFL-CIO in order to solve the issue regarding the union representation of H&M:s US employees.

H&M is willing to replace the current US legal process regarding union representation currently used in the US that AFL-CIO wants to abandon, with another process that would satisfy everyone's concern about fairness. A solution shall also ensure the integrity of the H&M-employees. In the letter H&M stresses that the company is willing to discuss an alternative process. This is in line with the solution AFL-CIO has been proposing lately.

As the issue is of a general character and may concern several US trade unions H&M suggests that these discussions should be held directly with the AFL-CIO.

- H&M has good trade union relations, says Rolf Eriksen, CEO of H&M. We abide by the ILO conventions, we follow the current laws in every country, and we have an ambition to have good relations with the local trade unions.

- In our efforts to reach a constructive dialogue with trade unions in the US we have received positive support from the Swedish trade union Handels as well as from the international trade union UNI (Union Network International) with 15 million members in 900 trade unions. Handels and UFCW, the US union with the major part of the unionized retail trade, are members of UNI.

For further information, please contact:
Kristina Stenvinkel, Head of Communications, H&M. Phone: +46 8 796 39 08, +46 70 796 54 40.
Anna Bergare, press contact, H&M. Phone: +46 8 796 59 56, +46 70 796 55 50.

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H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (publ) was founded in Sweden in 1947 and is quoted on Nasdaq Stockholm. H&M’s business idea is to offer fashion and quality at the best price in a sustainable way. In addition to H&M, the group includes the brands COS, Monki, Weekday, Cheap Monday, & Other Stories, H&M HOME and ARKET as well as Afound. The H&M group has 47 online markets and more than 4,800 stores in 70 markets including franchise markets. In 2017, sales including VAT were SEK 232 billion. The number of employees amounts to more than 171,000. For further information, visit about.hm.com.


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