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International Framework Agreements Taking Sting Out of Transnational Collective Bargaining

Indian Journal of Industrial Relations

Volume 54 Issue 2

Published: 2018
Author(s) Name: Paul Smit | Author(s) Affiliation: Professor, School of Industrial Psychology and Human Resource Mgt., North West Univ., South Africa.
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Abstract

Globalization and a transnational labor environment impact on the employer’s ability to regulate or manage labor from different countries. They directly also impact on the ability of trade unions to conclude collective agreements.The question is: whether the process of concluding International Framework Agreements (IFAs) cannot be used as an alternative process for collective bargaining on transnational level and in this way contribute towards a more integrative bargaining? IFAs have created an additional collective bargaining mechanism which can be expanded to incorporate other issues that form the basis of plant level negotiations. IFAs can take the sting or bite out of plant level negotiations as the parties already are in agreement on basic principles and standards.

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