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Publication - Professor Tonia Novitz

    Exploring Multi-Level Collective Bargaining

    Transnational Legal Frameworks that Promote Worker Agency


    Novitz, T, 2019, ‘Exploring Multi-Level Collective Bargaining: Transnational Legal Frameworks that Promote Worker Agency’. in: Julia Lopez Lopez (eds) Collective Bargaining and Collective Action: Labour Agency and Governance in the 21st Century?. Hart Publishing, Oxford, pp. 119-143


    This chapter will examine the scope for transnational freedom of
    association and multi-level collective bargaining. Section II begins by
    considering why examination of the transnational dimension of trade
    union activity is timely, highlighting how worker agency is being undermined
    by precarity constituted through employment and immigration status at the
    national level. Section III then turns to the scope for transnational worker solidarity, in particular through international (or global) framework agreements.
    These agreements could be regarded as extra-legal, but it will be argued in
    Section IV that their content, negotiation and operation remain shaped by various
    international and transnational (especially European) legal regimes relating
    to labour standards and human rights. The capacity of transnational law to
    promote or obstruct transnational collective agency (and agency for workers at
    the national level) will be evaluated.

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