"Industrial relations at center stage: Efficiency, equity and voice in the governance of global labour standards" erscheint in der Zeitschrift: "Industrielle Beziehungen" (Jg. 28, Heft 2, 2021)
News vom 29.11.2021
"Industrial relations at center stage: Efficiency, equity and voice in the governance of global labour standards."
Thomas Haipeter, Markus Helfen, Anja Kirsch, Sophie Rosenbohm, Christine Üyük
Considering the persistent violation of labour rights, questions arise as to the effectiveness of policy instruments regarding the governance of global labour standards. We adopt an industrial relations perspective to compare three broad categories of policy instruments: state-centred regulation, employer-centred regulation, and transnational industrial relations agreements. To structure our comparison, we adapt Budd and Colvin’s (2014) “Efficiency, Equity and Voice (EEV)” framework for conflict handling to the field of global labour governance. We operationalize the efficiency, equity and voice criteria to examine the outcome of policy instruments and process orientation, their scope and coverage, and the opportunities they provide for worker participation and union building. Our comparison shows that each category of instruments has characteristic strengths and weaknesses, and does not suffice on its own to protect global labour standards adequately. This accounts for why, paradoxically, we observe both a proliferation of policy instruments and the persistent violation of labour rights. More research is required to improve our understanding of how different political instruments could be combined, and we conclude by proposing elementary building blocks that improve the governance of global labour standards along global value chains.
Keywords: Critical pluralism, global labour standards, global framework agreements, multinational companies, ILO, global labour governance. JEL: F23, F66, J80, M14