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Subcontracting and Labour Standards: Reassessing the Potential of International Framework Agreements

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posted on 11.09.2013, 12:33 by Glynne Williams, Steve Davies, Crispen Chinguno
Attempts to regulate labour standards in multinational companies face clear difficulties, not least because companies themselves may not have the executive power to enforce terms throughout complex and fragmented subcontracting structures. In the case of international framework agreements (IFAs), this might suggest a fundamental weakness. Taking our example from the South African construction industry, this article presents an IFA in the context of both employer and union strategy. We demonstrate that a two-track approach exists: highly interventionist approach to quality-critical issues compared with labour-related issues. On this basis, we suggest that, far from being over-hyped, IFAs have yet to be taken seriously enough.

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Citation

British Journal of Industrial Relations: an international journal of employment relation, 2013, 53 (2), pp. 181-203 (22)

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCE/School of Management

Published in

British Journal of Industrial Relations: an international journal of employment relation

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the London School of Economics

issn

0007-1080

eissn

1467-8543

Copyright date

2013

Available date

16/10/2015

Publisher version

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/bjir.12011/abstract

Language

en