Edited by: Roger Blanpain, Michele Tiraboschi
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As global power relations increasingly favour international capital, it
becomes crucial for labour and employment lawyers to center their field in a
supranational context. As long as wages, social security, and taxes remain
national matters, states compete at this level in order to attract foreign
investment. This does not bode well for employees or the self-employed. Most
ameliorative measures come in the form of unenforceable ‘soft law’ guidelines
The conference recorded in this vitally important book confronts this losing
battle of local responses to global challenges. The book reprints the papers
submitted to that conference by twenty-three outstanding scholars from
fourteen countries. Among the many critical issues they expose and discuss are
• the proliferation of varieties of non-standard employment;
• protection of migrant workers’ rights by regional organizations;
• global and regional trends in the human resources function;
• work training and education policy;
• effectiveness of equality and non-discrimination standards;
• involvement of employees in workplace decisionmaking; and
• the need for an equitable social safety net.
In the course of the discussion the authors examine cases from many countries,
including not only EU Member States (both West and East) and the U.S., but
also Japan, Chile, South Africa, and Indonesia.
With a focus on the nexus of multinational enterprises and international
standards, the book provides both a sharp image of where labour law stands in
today’s world—revealing serious social problems in a clearer light than is
usually encountered—and a very valuable guide to directions to pursue and
potential solutions, offered by some of the most engaged and committed minds
in the field. It is an indispensable resource for legal workers in this ‘eye
of the storm’ of globalization.
Notes on Contributors. Introductory Remarks: Commemorating Marco Biagi; M.
I. Globalization. 1. The End of Labour Law? R. Blanpain.
2. The End of Labour Law in the Global Workplace Context? A South and
Southern African Response; M. Olivier. 3. Global Capitalism and
Rise of Non-Standard Employment: Challenges to Industrial Relations Practice;
O.O. Oladeinde. 4. Decent Work with a Living Wage; M.J. Zimmer.
5. Joblessness as a Major Challenge for Public Employment Services:
Country Reports from Germany, Italy and Finland; R. Arnkil, G. Di Domenico,
R. Konle-Seidl. 6. The Role of Regional Organisations in the
Protection of Migrant Workers’ Rights; L. Dux. 7.
Multinationals and Unionism in Indonesia: Case Studies in Two Multinationals
in Indonesia; R. Rachwati, A. de Ruyter.
II. Human Resources Management. 8. Globalization and Human
Resource Management: A Quantitative Analysis with British Establishment-Level
Data; S. Zagelmeyer. 9. Practices of Human Resource Management
and Perceived Organisational Growth; A. Bar-Haim. 10. Trends and
Perspectives on the Human Resource Function in Europe Emerging from the 2nd
Pan-European HR Barometer; L. Sforza. 11. Outsourcing of Labour
and Promotion of Human Capital: Two Irreconcilable Models? Reflections on the
Italian Case; M. Tiraboschi.
III. Flexicurity. 12. Beyond Flexicurity in Sweden? H. Bäckström.
13. Employment and Education Policy for Young People in the EU: What
Can New Member States Learn from Old Member States? F. Pastore. 14.
Politics of Labour Market Deregulation in Italy and Japan since the 1990s;
H.R. Watanabe. 15. Prospects for the Regulation of Temporary
Agency Work at EU Level; O. Rymkevitch.
IV. Equal Treatment. 16. Globalisation, Equality and
Non-Discrimination: An Interdisciplinary Perspective from the U.S. on
Diversity Programming; S. Bisom-Rapp.
V. Involvement of Employees. 17. The Workforce Involvement in the
Labour Market in Bulgaria: Which is the Way after Accession to the EU? E.
Ribarova. 18. The Right of Civil Servants to Collective Bargaining:
The Case of Lithuania; D. Petrylaite. 19. The Influence of
European Union Law on Employees’ Involvement in Poland; D. Skupien
VI. Social Security. 20. The Private Pensions System: Critique Study
Based on the Chilean Case; P. Arellano Ortiz.