Publications on freedom of association

June 2018

  1. Publication

    Freedom of association - Compilation of decisions of the Committee on Freedom of Association (PDF version)

    20 June 2018

    Sixth edition (2018)

  2. Conditions of Work and Employment Series No. 97

    Multi-employer collective bargaining in South Africa

    12 June 2018

    In South Africa, collective bargaining operates at multiple levels. The main distinction to draw is between single-employer bargaining and multi-employer bargaining.

May 2018

  1. Country Baselines

    2017 Annual Review under the follow-up to the ILO 1998 Declaration - Compilation of baseline tables, by country

    16 May 2018

    (based on the reports of Member States that have not ratified all fundamental Conventions and/or that have not ratified the Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention, 1930)

March 2018

  1. Conditions of Work and Employment Series No. 94

    Organizing On-Demand: Representation, Voice, and Collective Bargaining in the Gig Economy

    29 March 2018

  2. Factsheet no. 5 - Labour Relations and Collective Bargaining

    Grievance handling

    19 March 2018

    Workers have rights and entitlements that are established in laws, employment contracts, collective agreements and workplace rules, as well as in custom and practice (the way things are normally done – and have been done for a long time – in a particular workplace, industry or occupation). We say that workers have a grievance when they believe that some aspect of these is not being respected by their employer. Grievances are usually described as ‘individual’ when only one worker is involved and ‘collective’ when a group of workers all believe they are suffering from the same breach of the rules. Grievances relate to addressing infringements of existing rights and entitlements, from bullying or harassment, to underpayment of wages, refusal to grant rest periods, weekly rest days or public holidays, discrimination or underpayment of bonuses or other entitlements.

  3. Book

    Industrial relations in emerging economies: The quest for inclusive development

    15 March 2018

    This work examines industrial and employment relations in the emerging economies of Brazil, China, India, South Africa and Turkey while assessing the contribution of industrial relations to inclusive development.

  4. International Labour Review, Vol. 156 (2017), No. 3–4

    Positive class compromise in globalized production? The Freedom of Association Protocol in the Indonesian sportswear industry

    01 March 2018

    This article investigates the role of voluntary initiatives (VIs) as nongovernmental systems of labour regulation in global value chains (GVCs). To identify the conditions conducive to a more active role for labour in VIs, the authors apply Wright’s (2000) theory of the factors enabling positive class compromise to a VI implemented in the Indonesian sportswear industry and extend it to the more complex realities of GVCs. They conclude that if VIs are to create conditions under which decent work can be strengthened, the involvement of strong local labour organizations is required while producers’ and/or buyers’ dependence on workers’ cooperation acts as a catalyst.

February 2018

  1. Training course (ILO International Training Center)

    Training courses on Joint Union / Management Negotiation Skills

    16 February 2018

    These training courses provide those in collective negotiations with knowledge of negotiation skills and techniques.

November 2017

  1. Issue Brief no. 1 - Labour Relations and Collective Bargaining

    Trends in collective bargaining coverage: stability, erosion or decline?

    01 November 2017

    Collective bargaining over wages and other working conditions between unions and employers is a key labour market institution in democratic societies. The coverage and impact of this institution varies over time and across countries. This policy brief examines differences in collective bargaining coverage for 75 countries.

October 2017

  1. Good Practice

    Outcome 10: Thematic funding for 2014-15 (Norway-ILO Partnership Programme 2012-15) - Final evaluation

    24 October 2017