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Labour Regulation in a Global Economy

George Tsogas

M.E.Sharpe, Armonk, 2001, 216 s. ISBN 0-7656-0557-0

This is the first work in the field of industrial relations to categorize and comprehensively analyze all of the theoretical and practical aspects of international labor regulation. It offers realistic policy guidelines for Human Resource Management practitioners, non-governmental organizations, trade unions, and governments. The book focuses primarily on the issues, organizations, and individuals in the United States charged with labor regulation -- NAFTA, the U.S. GSP program, trade unions, activists, and grass roots movements. Major attention is also given to European Union and International Labor Organization issues, organizations, and individuals.

Selected Contents:
INTRODUCTION
Transnational Capital
Deregulated Finance
New Congruence of Factors
End of Cold War
Linking Labor Standards to Trade
Global Sourcing and the Demand for Corporate Social Responsibility
Research Propositions and Outcomes
and Sources
CHAPTER 1: Arguments For and Against Labor Standards in Trade
Why a Social Clause in Trade?
A Framework for the Study of Labor Standards in Trade
The Two Opposing Groups
The Arguments
Child Labor and Economic Development
Enforcement of Labor Standards: Trade Sanctions or Moral Suasion?
ILO Views on Linking Labor Standards and Trade
Conclusion
Chapter 2: The International Labor Organization and International Labor Standards
History and Structure of the ILO
The Labor Standard-Setting Process
The 1998 ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work
The United States and Core Labor Standards
The Future Role of the ILO
Conclusion
CHAPTER 3: Labor Standards in Corporate Codes of Conduct
Corporate Codes of Conduct
What's in Code?
Sectoral Initiatives and Campaigns
Initiatives for Global Standards
The Role of Trade Unions
Implementation, Monitoring and Verification of Codes of Conduct
Conclusion
Chapter 4: Unilateral Application of Labor Standards in Trade Relations
U.S. Initiatives on Child Labor
The Proposed Child Labor Deterrence Act: A Violation of International Law?
National Legislation on Child Labor
How About Prison Labor?
Conclusion
Chapter 5: Labor Standards in Bilateral Trade Agreements: the Case of the USA
Social Clauses in U.S. Trade Legislation
Effects of Labor Standards Clauses in U.S. Bilateral Trade Legislation
Conclusion
Chapter 6: Labor Standards in the Bilateral Trade Relationships of the European Union
Efforts to Include a Social Clause in the Lome Convention
Labor Standards in the Generalized System of Preferences of the European Union
A Comparison of the Three Approaches
GSP as a Forerunner for a Multilateral Regime?
Conclusion
Chapter 7: Efforts to Introduce Labor Standards in the Multilateral Trade Regime
A Social Clause in the GATT and the WTO: From Havana to Seattle, Through Marrakesh
Effects of Efforts to Include a Social Clause in the GATT and the WTO
Conclusion
Chapter 8: Labor Standards in Regional Trade Agreements: The Case of the European Union
The Early Days
The Social Charter and the Question of Social Dumping
The Social Charter and European Integration
The Effects of the Social Charter
Conclusion
Chapter 9: Labor Standards in Regional Trade Agreements: The Case of the North American Free Trade Agreement
The North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation
Comparative Effects of Labor Standards in Regional Trade Schemes and Policy Implications
Conclusion
Chapter 10: Policy Implications of International Labor Regulation
Policy Implications for Corporations
Policy Implications for Trade Schemes
A Social Clause Where It Matters
Which Organization
Conclusion