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Employment Relations and Global Governance

The Dialogue between the Global Unions and the IFIs

By Yvonne Rueckert

© 2018 – Routledge

232 pages

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Globalization has driven many improvements in technology, communication and transport, but global economic and social challenges remain. Chief among these is the growing income inequality both within and between countries and a persistently high proportion of people living in poverty. While national trade unions have been struggling to influence policy at the national level, especially in the face of the growing influence of multinational enterprises, the international trade union organizations (Global Unions) have become more active.

To address these problems, global unions have been attempting to influence the international financial institutions (IFIs), the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) by developing a dialogue between the IFIs and themselves. The international trade union organizations have tried to focus and direct the consciousness of the IFIs towards the ILO core labour standards.

Employment Relations and Global Governance focuses on this dialogue, which can be considered as a strategic instrument of transnational trade union policy that helps the Global Unions to exercise influence over the policies of the IFIs, especially those policies which concern workers. This dialogue takes place on three levels including the headquarters, the sector and the country level. The analysis focuses mainly on the headquarters level dialogue which includes exchange and cooperation at the top administrative level between the IFIs and the Global Unions.

Employment Relations and Global Governance will bekey reading for academics and researchers studying industrial relations, political economy, international organizations, and international comparative employment relations. It will also be of interest to trade unionists and practitioners working for international non-governmental organizations.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Global Governance and Organizational theories

3. The Global Unions: ITUC, GUF, TUAC

4. The IFIs: The World Bank Group and the IMF

5. The involvement of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in the Dialogue

6. The Dialogue between the Global Unions and the IFIs

7. Conclusion

About the Author

Yvonne Rueckert is a Lecturer in the Department of Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour at the Bradford University School of Management, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Employment Relations

Aspects of the employment relationship are central to numerous courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Drawing from insights from industrial relations, human resource management and industrial sociology, this series provides an alternative source of research-based materials and texts, reviewing key developments in employment research. Books published in this series are works of high academic merit, drawn from a wide range of academic studies in the social sciences.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / Economics
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Government & Business