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Title: International Framework Agreements: Global Industrial Relations between Rights and Bargaining
Authors: Hammer, Nikolaus
First Published: 6-Jun-2005
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Citation: Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research, 2005, 11(4), pp. 511-530
Abstract: This paper examines the emergence and the main features of International Framework Agreements (IFAs). IFAs originated in the 1980s and proliferated after 2000. They aim to secure core labour rights across multinational corporations' global supply chains. Global Union Federations, as well as other global (World Company and Works Councils), regional (European Works Councils or European Industry Federations) and national trade union structures, are parties to IFAs. Based on various features of international trade union activity, such as World Company Councils, codes of conduct, the trade and labour rights campaign or international social dialogue, IFAs constitute an important and innovative tool of international industrial relations. An analysis of the substantive and procedural provisions of IFAs leads to an analytical distinction between ‘rights' agreements and ‘bargaining’ agreements. The article assesses the substantive and procedural aspects of the 38 IFAs concluded before June 2005. Finally, key issues such as the scope of agreements, trade union capacity, and global supply chains are discussed in the context of international labour's campaigning, organising and negotiation activities.
DOI Link: 10.1177/102425890501100404
ISSN: 1024-2589
eISSN: 1996-7284
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2016, the author. The file associated with this record is distributed under the Creative Commons “Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives” licence, further details of which can be found via the following link:
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