Negotiating for Social Justice
Edited by Susan Hayter
Chapter 11: Globalizing Industrial Relations: What Role for International Framework Agreements?
11. Globalizing industrial relations: what role for International Framework Agreements? Konstantinos Papadakis 11.1 INTRODUCTION This chapter aims to address two interrelated questions which are often raised in debates regarding the contribution of International Framework Agreements (IFAs) to promoting collective bargaining and sound industrial relations: what is the impact of IFAs in terms of enlarged possibilities for collective bargaining and sound industrial relations at various levels (holding company, national/local and crossborder)? And under which conditions would IFAs be more effectively implemented? The chapter is structured as follows: section 11.2 describes the rationale of IFAs, their main characteristics, and presents relevant data and theoretical perspectives on their expected impact. This section also discusses certain industrial relations aspects inherent to IFAs. Section 11.3 presents evidence on the possible effectiveness and impact of IFAs at the enterprise, plant/local and cross-border levels, notably in terms of: (a) the implementation of provisions of IFAs; (b) the promotion of sound industrial relations between the parties to the agreement; (c) the provision of a framework for workers to organize at plant and local levels; (d) the facilitation of dispute resolution; and (e) the establishment of a framework for sustainable industrial relations, including times of restructuring. This section also examines the related issue of the role of IFAs in promoting worker solidarity across borders. The conditions necessary for IFAs to realize their potential as effective elements of a cross-border industrial relations system are highlighted in the conclusion. 277 M2578 - HAYTER PRINT.indd 277 18/04/2011 09:19 278 The role...
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