Publications

June 2012

  1. Confronting Finance: Mobilizing the 99% for economic and social progress

    15 June 2012

    "The Global Labour Column has become a valuable source of analysis of current economic trends that affect working people all over the world. This anthology brings together critical pieces on many issues (fiscal strategies, finance policies, social protection, strategies for job creation and much more), encompassing different regions and various perspectives." -Jayati Ghosh, Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

  2. Export Processing Zones in China-A Survey Report and a Case Study

    11 June 2012

    Running in tandem with China’s gradual shift away from a planned towards a market economy, the development of EPZs has become the epitome of China’s reform and opening up, as well as a major catalyzer of this process.

  3. Trade Unions and Special Economic Zones in India

    11 June 2012

    The term SEZ covers a broad range of zones, such as export processing zones, industrial parks, free ports, enterprise zones, and others. Industrial free zones, industrial export zones, free trade zones (often presented as bonded platforms within countries heavily involved in transit trade), special economic zones (principally in China), bonded warehouses, technological and scientific parks, financial services zones, free ports, duty-free zones (destined for the retailing of duty-free consumer goods to tourists) are also among the variants. EPZs have been a feature of Indian policy since 1960.

  4. The State of Trade Unionism and Industrial Relations practice in Nigeria’s Export Processing Zones

    11 June 2012

    The expansion of Export Processing Zones (EPZs) across the world has been an attendant phenomenon to the globalising processes of neoliberalism in the past few decades. The EPZs are supposed to be vehicles for the attraction of much needed foreign direct investments for development by the world’s underdeveloped and less developed countries. Unfortunately, they have also become havens for some of the worst work practices and denial of workers’ rights to associate in defence of their rights and for the advancement of their interests, thus constituting one of the most inhumane “race to the bottom” characteristic of the neoliberal pathway to socio economic development of countries.

May 2012

  1. Achieving Decent Work for Domestic Workers

    22 May 2012

    An organizer’s manual to promote ILO convention no. 189 and build domestic workers’ power.

November 2011

  1. Working for a Social Protection Floor by Ellen Ehmke & Andreas Bodemer

    28 November 2011

    Worldwide, 75% of the population have no or insufficient access to social security provision. Despite the long record of social security as a human right, which is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Art. 22, 25) and the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (Art. 9), its implementation has been widely disregarded.

  2. IJLR - Towards a Sustainable Economic Recovery: The case for wage-led policies

    22 November 2011

    This issue of the International Journal of Labour Research addresses a central issue, if not the key issue for the labour movement, that of wages and what has happened to them over the past three decades.

  3. IJLR - Towards a Sustainable Economic Recovery: The case for a wage-led policies

    22 November 2011

    International Journal of Labour Research - IJLR, Vol.III/2, 2011. While much attention has been deservedly given to the financial roots of the current economic crisis, the role of wages as a cause as well as a solution has yet to be fully understood. To help fill this gap, this issue of the International Journal of Labour Research is largely dedicated to this topic.

October 2011

  1. Employers and Workers Handbook on Hazardous Child Labour

    05 October 2011

    The ILO estimates that across the globe there are a total of 115 million children under the age of 18 currently involved in hazardous work. That is more than half (53%) of the 215 million child labourers worldwide engaged in hazardous child labour.

September 2011

  1. Trade Unions and the Global Crisis: Labour’s Visions, Strategies and Responses

    30 September 2011

    If the recent global economic crisis has debilitated labour in many parts of the world, many segments of the trade union movement have been fighting back, combining traditional and innovative strategies and articulating alternatives to the dominant political and economic models. This book offers a composite overview of the responses of trade unions and other workers’ organizations to neoliberal globalization in general and to the recent financial crisis in particular.

June 2011

  1. Crisis: Causes, Prospects and Alternatives

    28 June 2011

    The crisis of 2008 revealed the fault lines in the world economy for all to see. Three decades of a social experiment with radical market-oriented policies have not only failed to deliver decent standards of living to most workers around the world, but have brought us to the brink of a major world depression.

  2. International Journal of Labour Research

    28 June 2011

  3. There is an alternative: Economic Policies and Labour Strategies beyond the Mainstream

    09 June 2011

    A key message of the 2011 Global Labour Column anthology is that we need a plurality of ideas in order to develop and ultimately choose between different policy options. This volume will be of great interest to academic scholars as well as trade union activists and policy-makers.

April 2011

  1. Toolkit for Trade Unions on HIV and AIDS Guide

    19 April 2011

    There is already a huge amount of literature about HIV and AIDS. Do we need one more toolkit? There is growing recognition that the world of work is a vital entry point for the achievement of universal access.

  2. Toolkit for Trade Unions on HIV and AIDS (Booklet 6)

    19 April 2011

    Booklet 6: Project Development and Proposal-Writing

  3. Toolkit for Trade Unions on HIV and AIDS (Booklet 5)

    19 April 2011

    Booklet 5-Mobilizing Resources for Trade Union Action

  4. Toolkit for Trade Unions on HIV and AIDS (Booklet 4)

    19 April 2011

    Booklet 4- Trade Union Education and Training on HIV and AIDS

  5. Toolkit for Trade Unions on HIV and AIDS(Booklet 3)

    19 April 2011

    Booklet 3-Workplace Action on HIV and AIDS: Contributing to Universal Access

  6. Toolkit for Trade Unions on HIV and AIDS(Booklet 2)

    19 April 2011

    Booklet 2-Respect for Rights: The Key to Labour and Workplace Responses.

  7. Toolkit for Trade Unions on HIV and AIDS (Booklet 1)

    19 April 2011

    Booklet 1: Core information on HIV and AIDS, the impact and the global response.