Global Framework Agreements: Building and Protecting Space for Local Collective Bargaining Through International Organization
The definitive rejection of any substantive linkage between labour rights and the strong enforcement mechanisms of the World Trade Organization in 1994 provoked the global trade union movement to develop alternative strategies to increase respect for the ILO’s core labour standards. This article critically assesses the rapid and recent growth of International Framework Agreements signed between global unions and multinational companies as one labour movement strategy to reduce competition between workers in different countries by organizing to guarantee that all workers have basic, internationally recognized labour rights respected no matter where they live and work.
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