The Union des Industries Textiles (UIT) which, by way of its professional branches and regional groups, represents most of France’s 2300 active textile companies, has three key purposes :

1- Construct a favorable environment for textile activities.

The UIT, with its strong network, works to set up a legal, social, fiscal, commercial and sustainable environment favorable to textile activities.
In France, the profession advocates a modernization of companies’
industrial competitivity and helps them stand out thanks to their innovations.
In Europe, it defends intellectual property rights, mobilizes itself in favor of a true European industrial policy and relies on initiatives to help small and mid-sized companies innovate and export.
Internationally, the UIT has moved closer to its natural partners
(Eurovet, Première Vision, Espace Textile…) to elaborate and set up, with the support of BPI/Export, an ambitious export plan (Russia, China, India …). It concluded Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with the majority of the trade textile association in the key textile countries.

2- Define the profession’s lobbying strategy.

The UIT advisory board defines the profession’s general policies and represents it in relations with public authorities and managerial or union organizations on a national, European and multilateral scale for all subjects of general interest: fiscal concerns, research and development,
social laws, commercial policies, sustainable development, industrial strategy, protection of creation …

3- Motivate the industry’s social dialogue.

The UIT develops active social policies in the areas of work relations, basic training and continuing education.A process of reneval the Branch collective agreement started. It lies for instance on the new professionnal classification.
Through the intermediary of the skill promoter OPCALIA TMC (textiles, fashion and leather) it maintains a close relationship with fashion and textile schools and universities. Since the 1st January 2016, the UIT has given the management of the apprenticeship tax to OPCALIA.