Regulating temporary agency work: one inclusive proposition and three transnational private labour regulation mechanisms

Cotton, Elizabeth (2012) Regulating temporary agency work: one inclusive proposition and three transnational private labour regulation mechanisms. Work, Employment and Society . ISSN 0950-0170 (Accepted/In Press)

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This article uses global governance theory to assess the potential for a credible and effective transnational regulation of temporary agency work (TAW), such that it promotes regulatory efficacy and industry compliance. The central proposition of this article is that despite transnational private labour regulation (TPLR) representing a political compromise on the part of both employers and trade unions, a multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder approach offers a significant and timely contribution towards regulation. Additionally, the article will propose three TPLR mechanisms that offer potential entry points for PrEAs to establish more constructive relationships with the GUFs, based on existing international experience. The first approach is to establish an industry standard and certification system, based on the shipping industry’s Flags of Convenience initiative. The second approach centres on negotiating an International Framework Agreement (IFA), and monitoring mechanism based on the experience of the IKEA agreement with the Building Workers International (BWI). The third approach is a more loosely framed attempt to establish multi-sectoral dialogue with the GUFs facilitated by the Council of Global Unions, making use of the newly created Global Union Principles on Temporary Work Agencies. These three approaches are not mutually exclusive but their relative strengths are analysed.

Item Type:Article
Keywords (uncontrolled):Temporary Agency Work (TAW), externalisation, inclusive regulation, governance, International Framework Agreements (IFAs), industry compliance, Global Union Federations (GUFs), Private Employment Agencies (PrEAs), CIETT, Eurociett.
Research Areas:A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations
A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations > Employment Relations group
ID Code:8816
Notes on copyright:Full text available by permission of copyright owner SAGE Publications.
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Deposited On:27 Mar 2012 14:48
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