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Shaping Global Industrial Relations: The Impact of International Framework Agreements

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ISBN13: 9780230314269
Published: September 2011
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £79.00

In recent years, many multinational enterprises have adopted corporate codes of conduct with social provisions. Increasingly, they are now signing international framework agreements (IFAs) with global unions representing workers by sector of activity. In addition to regulating labour--management relations across global value chains, these agreements aim to promote compliance with the International Labour Organization's (ILO) core labour standards. Shaping Global Industrial Relations assesses the phenomenon of IFAs, examining their impact around the world as well as their effectiveness in fostering labour-management dialogue. This book brings together the contributions of fifteen specialists, both academics and practitioners, covering the 80-plus IFAs that existed in July 2010. Particular attention is paid to the negotiation and implementation of IFAs, and a number of case studies illuminate the managerial motivation behind the adoption of these agreements. The authors evaluate the consequences of IFAs and assess their potential as a model for cross-border industrial relations in the future.

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Introduction and Overview; K.Papadakis PART I: CROSS-BORDER SOCIAL DIALOGUE AND AGREEMENTS: PROCESSES AND OUTCOMES The Impact of Transnational Company Agreements on Social Dialogue and Industrial Relations; I.Schomann A Qualitative Analysis of International Framework Agreements: Implementation and Impact; C.Welz Adopting International Framework Agreements in the Russian Federation, South Africa and Japan: Management Motivations; K.Papadakis PART II: IMPLEMENTING INTERNATIONAL FRAMEWORK AGREEMENTS ON THE GROUND: CASE STUDIES Going Local with Global Policies: Implementing International Framework Agreements in Brazil and the United States; M.Fichter & M.Helfen The Impacts of International Framework Agreements: Lessons from the Daimler Case; D.Stevis Transnational Restructuring Agreements: General Overview and Specific Evidence from the European Automobile Sector; I.da Costa & U.Rehfeldt International Framework Agreements: Do Workers Benefit in a Global Banana Supply Chain?; P.K.Robinson Global Social Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility in Outsourced Apparel Supply Chains: The Inditex Global Framework Agreement; D.Miller PART