Industrial relations, trade unions and social partnership in a changing world of work
This section of my website focuses on issues of industrial relations, trade unions and social partnership, in the context of a globalising world where the nature of work and employment is subject to change.
It includes the texts of a number of reports written for, among others, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and UNI Global Union (UNI), as well as a selection of relevant articles from my recent journalism.
NEW (publ 2016): Sectoral study on decent work in global supply chains: food and apparel. Written for the ILO, as part of a series of background studies in advance of the 2016 International Labour Conference debate on global supply chains.
Employment Relationships in the Media Industry. Written for the ILO, and published 2014.
Responsible contractors: An approach aimed at improving social and labour practices in the property services sector. Written for the ILO, and published 2011
A World on the Phone: experiences of call centre workers around the globe. A report for UNI Global Union, for call centre action month 2009.
Industrial relations and social dialogue in the Web 2.0 world. This report, written (2008) for a trade union audience, explores the implications for unions of participative internet applications such as Facebook, Second Life, Flickr and Twitter. Also available in French, German and Spanish language versions.
Opening the doors wide to the self-employed. How trade unions are recruiting and organising self-employed workers as members. Also available in French and German language versions. Written late 2005 for UNI.
Also relevant to the relationship between self-employed workers and employees is my Freelance Ready Reckoner 2011-12, produced primarily for UK freelance journalists. It identifies day rates for UK freelances equivalent to annual salary levels for employees.
The Global Mobility Revolution This report, written late 2003 for UNI, proposes a policy and an approach for trade unions internationally facing up to the issues of 'offshoring' and the remote migration of work. PDF format. Also available in French, German, Spanish and Swedish versions.
Global Concentration in the Media (2003, for UNI). This study suggests that concentration of media ownershp is an issue of concern both for unions and for wider society.
Negotiating the New Economy: the Effect of ICT on Industrial Relations This extended essay explores the relevance - or otherwise - of industrial relations in a post-industrial information-based economy. It was contributed as a background paper to the ILOs World Employment Report 2001. It is available for downloading in sections, or - in unvarnished form - as a PDF.
Employability in the Telecoms sector. This explores, among other things, initiatives by employers and unions in the area of training and lifelong learning. The report, for the ILO, dates from 2001.
International Trade Union Activity and work of Works Councils on the internet An assessment of trade union usage of the internet (published Jan 2004), this report was commissioned by the UK Communications Workers Union for the European project int.unity. Also available in German.
Universal Development of the Post. Another report for UNI, this is a background report on developments globally in the postal sector, Versions are also available in French, German, Spanish and Swedish.
I am the author of the book Information and Communication technologies in Europe: the trade union perspective (published 2002). More information about this book, including ordering details, can be found here.