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VOLUME 138, NUMBER 1 1999/1



Work and development

Henry BRUTON and David FAIRRIS

Are workers' non-pecuniary interests regarding the workplace adequately taken into account during the process of economic development? This article sets out a framework of analysis for judging the response, based on the criteria of efficiency, justice and well-being. The authors elaborate on the central insights of that framework, provide examples and offer policy suggestions based on their analysis. Taking account of all three criteria, they make the case for including - at the earliest phases of development - attention to workplace quality and mechanisms for worker "voice" as part of what is required for assuring "meaningful work".

The transformation of work and the future of labour law in Europe: A multidisciplinary perspective


Historically, a fundamental function of labour law has been to provide a basis for social cohesion. But to continue to fulfil that function in Europe, it must adjust to the relative decline of the Fordist model on which it is based. Supiot synthesizes the reflections of a multidisciplinary group of experts on what that adjustment could entail. Central to their thinking is an "occupational status" covering people's experiences across employment, unpaid work, training and transitions. This vision has far-reaching implications for the conceptualization of time, worker representation and, especially, the role of the State vis--vis the economy and society.

Worker retrenchment: Preventive and remedial measures

Christine EVANS-KLOCK, Peggy KELLY, Peter RICHARDS and Corinne VARGHA

The recent fast pace of technological change, macroeconomic shocks and structural changes in the world economy have accelerated the displacement of workers. The authors here review the range of responses taken in selected industrialized countries seeking to deal with substantial worker displacement, whether in order to reduce lay-offs and dismissals or to facilitate worker adjustment to new employment opportunities. The purpose is to convey a sense of good practice in the management of pressures for retrenchment. The review is preceded by an outline of relevant ILO standards and their implementation in national legislation.


Innovations in labour statistics

This perspective explains a number of innovations that will begin showing up in national and international data in the next few years as a result of the collective decisions taken by labour statisticians in late 1998. The statisticians tackled several difficult subjects, including how best to measure total earnings from work (not just basic wages); and how to define and then measure underemployment, in order to capture in labour statistics that category of people who are neither fully employed in gainful work nor totally unemployed.



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Updated by MCN. Approved by MFL. Last update: 20 December 1999.