International Labour Movement Organizations' Supranational Strategies
Over recent decades, labour movement organizations like the Global Union Federations have worked to identify ways to leverage their international status to address and influence the globalized nature of production and labour relations. The best known of these strategies has been the negotiation of Global Framework Agreements at headquarters level with multinational enterprises. Lesser known strategies include the use of multilateral mechanisms such as the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and of global certification regimes such those of the Forest Stewardship Council and Fair Trade International.
This panel focuses on the increasing use of supranational and multinational mechanisms by different organizations within the international labour movement. In particular, it examines (a) whether these organizations are changing and adapting, as organizations, as a consequence of an increasing focus on this subset of strategies; (b) the ways in which these strategies do—or do not—articulate with other elements in the international labour movement’s repertoire of action; and (c) whether these strategies result in change in a particular industry, occupation, territory or workplace.