The ETI Base Code
This document was amended 01 April 2014 with revisions to clause 6, Working hours are notexcessive.
1.1 There is no forced, bonded or involuntary prison labour.
1.2 Workers are not required to lodge "deposits" or their identity paperswith their employer and are free to leave their employer after reasonable notice.
2.1 Workers, without distinction, have the right to join or form trade unions of theirown choosing and to bargain collectively.
2.2 The employer adopts an open attitude towards the activities of trade unions andtheir organisational activities.
2.3 Workers representatives are not discriminated against and have access to carry outtheir representative functions in the workplace.
2.4 Where the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining is restrictedunder law, the employer facilitates, and does not hinder, the development ofparallel means for independent and free association and bargaining.
3.1 A safe and hygienic working environment shall be provided, bearing in mind theprevailing knowledge of the industry and of any specific hazards. Adequate stepsshall be taken to prevent accidents and injury to health arising out of, associatedwith, or occurring in the course of work, by minimising, so far as is reasonablypracticable, the causes of hazards inherent in the working environment.
3.2 Workers shall receive regular and recorded health and safety training, and suchtraining shall be repeated for new or reassigned workers.
3.3 Access to clean toilet facilities and to potable water, and, if appropriate, sanitaryfacilities for food storage shall be provided.
3.4 Accommodation, where provided, shall be clean, safe, and meet the basic needsof the workers.
3.5 The company observing the code shall assign responsibility for health and safetyto a senior management representative.
4.1 There shall be no new recruitment of child labour.
4.2 Companies shall develop or participate in and contribute to policies andprogrammes which provide for the transition of any child found to be performingchild labour to enable her or him to attend and remain in quality education untilno longer a child; “child” and “child labour” being defined in the appendices.
4.3 Children and young persons under 18 shall not be employed at night or inhazardous conditions.
4.4 These policies and procedures shall conform to the provisions of the relevant ILOstandards.
5.1 Wages and benefits paid for a standard working week meet, at a minimum,national legal standards or industry benchmark standards, whichever is higher. Inany event wages should always be enough to meet basic needs and to providesome discretionary income.
5.2 All workers shall be provided with written and understandable Informationabout their employment conditions in respect to wages before they enteremployment and about the particulars of their wages for the pay periodconcerned each time that they are paid.
5.3 Deductions from wages as a disciplinary measure shall not be permitted nor shallany deductions from wages not provided for by national law be permittedwithout the expressed permission of the worker concerned. All disciplinarymeasures should be recorded.
6.1 Working hours must comply with national laws, collective agreements, and theprovisions of 6.2 to 6.6 below, whichever affords the greater protection for workers.Sub-clauses 6.2 to 6.6 are based on international labour standards.
6.2 Working hours, excluding overtime, shall be defined by contract, and shall notexceed 48 hours per week.*
6.3 All overtime shall be voluntary. Overtime shall be used responsibly, taking intoaccount all the following: the extent, frequency and hours worked by individualworkers and the workforce as a whole. It shall not be used to replace regularemployment. Overtime shall always be compensated at a premium rate, which isrecommended to be not less than 125% of the regular rate of pay.
6.4 The total hours worked in any seven day period shall not exceed 60 hours, exceptwhere covered by clause 6.5 below.
6.5 Working hours may exceed 60 hours in any seven day period only in exceptionalcircumstances where all of the following are met:
6.6 Workers shall be provided with at least one day off in every seven day period or,where allowed by national law, two days off in every 14 day period.* International standards recommend the progressive reduction of normal hours of work, whenappropriate, to 40 hours per week, without any reduction in workers’ wages as hours arereduced.
7.1 There is no discrimination in hiring, compensation, access to training,promotion, termination or retirement based on race, caste, national origin,religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, unionmembership or political affiliation.
8.1 To every extent possible work performed must be on the basis ofrecognised employment relationship established through national law andpractice.
8.2 Obligations to employees under labour or social security laws and regulationsarising from the regular employment relationship shall not be avoided throughthe use of labour-only contracting, sub- contracting, or home-workingarrangements, or through apprenticeship schemes where there is no real intentto impart skills or provide regular employment, nor shall any such obligations beavoided through the excessive use of fixed-term contracts of employment.
9.1 Physical abuse or discipline, the threat of physical abuse, sexual or otherharassment and verbal abuse or other forms of intimidation shall be prohibited.The provisions of this code constitute minimum and not maximum standards, and this codeshould not be used to prevent companies from exceeding these standards. Companies applyingthis code are expected to comply with national and other applicable law and, where theprovisions of law and this Base Code address the same subject, to apply that provision whichaffords the greater protection.
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