Contracting International Employee Participation

Global Framework Agreements

  • Felix Hadwiger

Part of the International Law and Economics book series (ILEC)

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In the last two decades, multinational companies (MNCs) and global union federations (GUFs) have started to negotiate so-called global framework agreements (GFAs) which define minimum standards for labor conditions across their locations. This book focuses on the question why companies conclude GFAs, and identifies four groups of incentives: reduction and privatization of conflicts; public relations; promotion of equal competitive conditions; exogenous requirements and avoidance of public regulation. Based on an in-depth analysis of incentives considered to play a dominant role in the decision of companies to conclude GFAs, the book attempts to predict under which conditions GFAs can be expected to proliferate in the future.


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  • Felix Hadwiger
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  1. 1.Institute of Law & EconomicsUniversity of HamburgHamburgGermany

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