Towards a Fair Global Labour Market: Avoiding a New Slave Trade

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Towards a Fair Global Labour Market answers the question of how to maintain effective labour regulation as the market for labour moves towards globalization. There is no longer any doubt that markets in goods, services and capital are operating on a global scale. However, it now seems the market for labour is also moving towards globalization. If this is the case, can nation-states, workers and employers maintain effective labour regulation? Should the World Trade Organization adopt core labour standards developed by the International Labour Organization?" "Towards a Fair Global Labour Market addresses these questions from legal, economic, social and cultural perspectives." "Arguing that free trade should not become coercive trade, Towards a Fair Global Labour Market will be essential reading for those interested in human rights issues, labour law, international affairs, economics and development.

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Pt. I The emerging global labour market 1
1 The emerging global labour market: myth or reality? 3
2 The new global assembly line: winners and losers 40
3 Regulating the global labour market: the effectiveness of the ILO and the WTO 70
Pt. II International regulation of goods, services and labour: from soft law to hard law 83
4 Rationales for labour market regulation 85
5 Converging objectives: regulating international trade and the global labour market 106
Pt. III Fairness in the global labour market: trade-offs and joint gains 123
6 Static analysis of the role of labour standards in national competitiveness 125
7 Dynamic factors affecting the role of labour standards in national competitiveness 148
8 Cultural relativism and human rights: the debate over labour standards and 'Asian values' 170
Pt. IV Conclusions 195
9 Towards a rule-based global labour market 197
Glossary 220
References 222
Index 233
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