#6_Global Framework Agreements: Progress at snail’s pace or new boost?

With 190 conventions accompanied by recommendations and protocols, and the regular sessions of the International Labour Conference, in which representatives of states, employers and unions debate over reports the ILO’s rule system looks like an impressive framework for upholding and enforcing labour standards worldwide. Indeed, it actually is one, but still much more in termsContinue reading “#6_Global Framework Agreements: Progress at snail’s pace or new boost?”

#5_How to organize labour inspection best?

Compliance with labour standards is marked by a strange simultaneity of labour inspection’s formal stringency and of its practical failure. On the one hand, various international and national agencies are equipped with the formal authority of labour law to ensure proper working conditions on paper, on the other hand, countless scandals about violations are makingContinue reading “#5_How to organize labour inspection best?”

#4_The Covid lesson: Risks and dangers of violating labour standards

In many countries, media are full of mass infection cases in workplaces such as parcel delivery centers or meat packaging plants, but also elderly care homes, hospitals and schools. End of April, after a series of service delivery centers’ worker protests, even the resignation of a high-ranking business executive made global headlines: Tim Bray, AmazonContinue reading “#4_The Covid lesson: Risks and dangers of violating labour standards”

#3_Labour inspection in global value creation networks?

While the deepening of the trade in services and goods has surely enriched global economic development in various ways, its accompanying international division of labour comes along with a widespread and ongoing violation of global labour standards. Apparently, even more so as recent decades have seen the rise of network forms in coordinating economic activitiesContinue reading “#3_Labour inspection in global value creation networks?”

#2_Posted work in Europe

Posted workers are sent across borders to work for clients in another country than their home country. Posted workers are predominantly found in agriculture and food-processing industries such as meat-packaging, the construction sector and the medical and elderly care sector, but also have been deployed in other segments of manufacturing and services. For the EuropeanContinue reading “#2_Posted work in Europe”