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Title: Subcontracting and Labour Standards: Reassessing the Potential of International Framework Agreements
Authors: Williams, Glynne
Davies, Steve
Chinguno, Crispen
First Published: 1-Mar-2013
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the London School of Economics
Citation: British Journal of Industrial Relations: an international journal of employment relation, 2013, 53 (2), pp. 181-203 (22)
Abstract: Attempts to regulate labour standards in multinational companies face clear difficulties, not least because companies themselves may not have the executive power to enforce terms throughout complex and fragmented subcontracting structures. In the case of international framework agreements (IFAs), this might suggest a fundamental weakness. Taking our example from the South African construction industry, this article presents an IFA in the context of both employer and union strategy. We demonstrate that a two-track approach exists: highly interventionist approach to quality-critical issues compared with labour-related issues. On this basis, we suggest that, far from being over-hyped, IFAs have yet to be taken seriously enough.
DOI Link: 10.1111/bjir.12011
ISSN: 0007-1080
eISSN: 1467-8543
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2013. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Williams, G., Davies, S. and Chinguno, C. (2015), Subcontracting and Labour Standards: Reassessing the Potential of International Framework Agreements. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 53: 181–203, which has been published in final form at 10.1111/bjir.12011. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
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