Big unions and big business*

Tonia Novitz

in The Role of Labour Standards in Development

Published by British Academy

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780197264911
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754098 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Original Paperbacks

Big unions and big business*

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This chapter investigates how international framework agreements (IFAs) could assist in securing economic, social, and environmental development objectives. At issue is whether ‘big unions’ and ‘big business’ can secure change, not only at the global level where agreements are easily reached in the abstract, but also at the local level such that development-oriented reforms are actually implemented in practice. It is argued that IFAs, by their very nature, have this potential. They can forge important intersections between the global and the local spheres of deliberation. In so doing, they may give opportunities to workers to identify local issues of economic, social, and environmental concern, and participate in decisions relating to their employer's responses to such concerns. Although there are obstacles that must be overcome, IFAs may well have an impact on development and its sustainability.

Keywords: international framework agreements; sustainable development; trade unions; corporations

Chapter.  7174 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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