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The Role of Labour Standards in DevelopmentFrom theory to sustainable practice?$
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Tonia Novitz and David Mangan

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264911

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264911.001.0001

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Big unions and big business*

Big unions and big business*

Can international framework agreements promote sustainable development at a local level?

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(p.224) 12 Big unions and big business*
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The Role of Labour Standards in Development
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Tonia Novitz

Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264911.003.0013

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

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