International and Comparative Labor

International and Comparative Labor

  • Richard Croucher added an answer:
    What's wrong with the ILO and it's Core Labour Conventions?

    Answer more about what is wrong with them and what can hinder them from being implemented?

    Richard Croucher

    The first thing that is 'wrong' with them is that they are signed up to by countries and although they are frequently incorporated into company Codes of Conduct and International Framework Agreements between countries and Global Union Federations they are not binding on companies.  The problem with them being country-level is that many countries sign up to them and then apply very weak systems to enforce them (i.e. they do not enforce them).  That brings us to the ILO's own mechanisms for applying soft pressure on countries (that is there is, soft pressure).  The complaints procedure they have is not useless because many governments dislike having to answer complaints but it is also a weak form of enforcement.  All in all, the who 'system' of normative protection at Global level is weak and wishy-washy.  In many respects it facilitates rather than regulates some inhuman practices by pretending there is someone really stopping them.  Why don't you download my book with Elizabeth Cotton: Global Unions, Global Business that discusses these problems in more depth?

  • Raul Eamets added an answer:
    Has anyone any experience with or knowledge of non-union employee associations with collective bargaining rights, particularly in Europe?
    I'm looking for alternatives to the collective bargaining model currently forming the basis of labour legislation in North America.
    Raul Eamets
    In Estonia we have non-union representatives who have rights to conclude collective agreements. Have a look :
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      ABSTRACT: he authors analyse why the institution of non-unionised employ-ees’ representatives (NER) is created if its functions overlap with those of the unions, including collective bargaining and information-consultation. We aim to find how NERs are created and what their role in comparison to unionised representatives is. The case study involves interviews with representatives and the managing director, as well as a survey of the employees in two companies. The results show that with a weak union, employers initiated the institution of NER in order to involve the whole workforce in the collective agreement. NER was elected by employees even though the institution was initiated by employer. The roles of the two representatives do not differ much, the main function for both being collective bargaining with minor provision for information and consultation.
      Full-text · Article · Jan 2007 · SSRN Electronic Journal
  • Patrick James Christian added an answer:
    How do Canadian and Quebecois teams (or team members) typically work together?
    Is there any research, empirical data or case studies about Canadian and Quebecois work culture and their typical team processes or their ways of working together?

    Are there any studies about "cross-Canadian" team work (particularly Quebecois working together with people from the rest of Canada) in any way? Or research about Canadian and Quebecois collaborating with Germans?

    My aim is to analyse what implications may arise within global working groups consisting of Quebecois and Canadians, and what can go wrong when Canadian and German teams have to collaborate (as well as how to prevent or stem these problems).

    I would appreciate very much if you would share your knowledge about Canadian, Quebecois, and German teamwork and collaboration (maybe also outcomes/effectiveness of their communication) in any sense, and I am grateful for every hint on where to find publications about this. Many thanks in advance!
    Patrick James Christian
    Christine, these are several links to papers that deal with this issue, but not specifically for Quebecoise communities... although I do admit that I draw on my family background to understand the tribes and communities that I work with in South/Central America, Africa and the Middle East.

    I just finished a presentation at American University's 14th IMI Conference on Tribal Mediation using the narrative therapy of Michael White, a psychotherapist from Australia who has spoken several times at UC. Please let me know what you think of the papers...This is the material I use in field practice and any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks! Patrick.
  • Marie-Antoinette Minis added an answer:
    Labor Movements - Then and Now
    What comparisons can you draw between the labor movements of the 30's 40's and 50's that might be applicable to today in the U.S.?

    Any ideas on unions are welcome.
    Marie-Antoinette Minis
    Why don't you google Labor History in America. You will find many scientific and lay articles

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