#14_Between a rock and a hard place: Labour migration and workers’ rights

While for many people the experience of moving across borders is beneficial for personal development, inter-cultural learning, innovation and similar positive things, not all of these movements happen to be voluntary; and not everybody weighs the social, cultural, and economic opportunities of cross-border movements in the same way against their possible costs and burdens. Especially,Continue reading “#14_Between a rock and a hard place: Labour migration and workers’ rights”

#13_Climate crisis and labour standards: How better work works for survival…

Apart from the Covid19 pandemic, the climate crisis is the single most important issue these days receiving public attention almost anywhere on the planet. Protests against how the climate crisis has been handled so far are many, and obviously, the protesters are not just going away; especially, not in a pandemic sharing so many characteristicsContinue reading “#13_Climate crisis and labour standards: How better work works for survival…”

#12_Labour standards and NGOs: Civil society’s watchdogs or corporate puppets?

Non-governmental organizations (NGO) figure prominently in almost all debates around labour standards these days. This has not been always the case and may already be indicative of a shift towards private governance in many areas concerning the enforcement of labour standards more broadly. However, there are various types of NGOs with profound differences raising doubtsContinue reading “#12_Labour standards and NGOs: Civil society’s watchdogs or corporate puppets?”

#11_Managing labour standards? Reporting, auditing and certifying

How does management engage with upholding labour standards and workers’ rights? For some, this is even a murky question: Isn’t it management and corporate interests which is causing all the troubles around labour standard violations in a short-sighted quest for economic gain and profit? And isn’t it the responsibility of states (pushed by unions, andContinue reading “#11_Managing labour standards? Reporting, auditing and certifying”

#10_How do labour standards pay – and for whom?

For some this question may be a provocation already: Why and how could one think about quantifying human rights? And what sense does it make to measure the avoidance of severe violations of these rights in numbers? Even more so, if one thinks global capitalism’s tendency to permeate and subjugate all spheres of social lifeContinue reading “#10_How do labour standards pay – and for whom?”