#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”

#11_Managing labour standards? Reporting, auditing and certifying

How does management engage with upholding labour standards and workers’ rights? To a certain extent, this seems as a somewhat 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 (pushedContinue 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?”

#9_From supply chain transparency to mandatory due diligence: The struggle is just beginning…

Most recently, lawmaking initiatives for a new European Union directive on mandatory due diligence in the supply chain have gained some prominence in the media and press. The proponents of this new regulation suggest combating the organized irresponsibility in transnational business operations as far as labour standards violations are concerned. In short, multinational corporations shouldContinue reading “#9_From supply chain transparency to mandatory due diligence: The struggle is just beginning…”

#8_Digital labour inspection: Just a fancy or a real innovation?

Across the social sciences, the digital economy gets widespread attention for understanding the social organization of work in the present, and even more so in the future. Most of the debate is driven by projections based on the potentialities of the newest generation of information and communication technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learningContinue reading “#8_Digital labour inspection: Just a fancy or a real innovation?”