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Subcontracting and labour standards: reassessing the potential of international framework agreements

Davies, Steve, Williams, Glynne and Chinguno, Crispen 2015. Subcontracting and labour standards: reassessing the potential of international framework agreements. British Journal of Industrial Relations 53 (2) , pp. 181-203. 10.1111/bjir.12011

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Funders: CRIMT, the Inter-University Centre for Globalisation and Work
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2019 13:26
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/73281

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