International Journal of Labour Research

  1. L’avenir du Travail: Les Syndicats en Mutation

    29 November 2019

    Il est devenu plus difficile pour les syndicats des pays développés et émergents de protéger les droits des travailleurs et les conditions de travail, comme le montre non seulement la réduction de la syndicalisation, mais aussi la baisse de la part du travail dans les revenus dans la plupart des pays. Ce numéro vise à servir de tremplin au mouvement syndical dans ses propres délibérations sur la manière dont les organisations de travailleurs peuvent réagir aux changements fondamentaux qui affectent le monde du travail, et à fournir d'autres réflexions sur la transformation des syndicats que ces changements pourraient entraîner.

  2. The Future of Work: Trade Unions in Transformation

    29 November 2019

    It has become harder for trade unions in both developed and emerging countries to protect the rights of workers and working conditions, as shown not only in the reduction of unionization, but also the fall in the labour share of income in most countries.This issue of the Journal compiles the thoughts of leading academics on the topics that are shaping discussions on the future of work. The Journal aims to serve as a stepping stone for the labour movement in its own deliberations on how workers’organizations can react to the fundamental changes that are affecting the world of work, and that it will provide further reflections on the transformation of trade unions these changes might entail.

  3. Psychosocial risks, stress and violence in the world of work

    28 April 2017

    The aims of this issue of the International Journal of Labour Research are to raise the questions surrounding work-related stress, violence and harassment in the world of work, in order to respond to the need to revitalize the exchange of information in the labour movement on these topics. This issue of the Journal comprises five articles covering prevention of psychosocial risks and work-related stress, trade union perspectives and actions on psychosocial risks and violence and harassment, digitalization of work and associated risks, trade union responses to the psychosocial impacts of technological change in contemporary workplaces, and vulnerability of certain groups of workers to violence.

  4. Decent work in global supply chains

    07 December 2015

  5. A just transition for all: Can the past inform the future?

    11 June 2015

    2015 is a decisive year for global agreements on Sustainable Development and climate change. The ILO calls for a just transition for all towards a greener and more socially sustainable economy. This Journal is focussing on drawing lessons from a few transition experiences in order to analyse how successfully (or not) these processes were managed in the past and how future transitions might be handled in a just manner. Challenges such as policy coherence, consultations and participation by all relevant stakeholders are addressed and lessons learned on these issues are highlighted in the Journal.

  6. The Challenge of Inequality

    23 June 2014

    This issue of the International Journal of Labour Research addresses one of the central challenges of our times: that of overcoming growing inequalities in our societies. This trend, now well-recognized, is worrying not only for its economic impact, but as importantly because it threatens the very social fabric of our societies and may in time become a threat to democracy itself.

  7. Trade unions and worker cooperatives: Where are we at?

    01 April 2014

    Last May, ACTRAV and the ILO cooperative branch held a seminar on the topic of relations between trade unions and worker cooperatives. The goal was to re-examine the relationship between the two movements by taking stock of recent initiatives around the world. To be sure, the relationship between trade unions and cooperatives is as long as the history of trade unions. In fact, it is fair to say that the first associations of workers that emerged in Europe looked more like cooperatives than trade unions.

  8. Meeting the challenge of precarious work: A workers ’ agenda

    18 June 2013

    In 2011, the Bureau for Workers’ activities held its biannual symposium on an ever-growing preoccupation for workers around the world: the growth and spread of precarious work. This issue of the IJLR presents some of the contributions to this event and, more importantly, tries to provide guidance on possible trade union strategies to counter the expansion of forms of precarious work.

  9. Are “green” jobs decent?

    21 March 2013

    This issue of the Journal focuses on the question of whether the jobs that are emerging in the efforts to reach sustainable development can be described as “decent”.

  10. Social Justice and Growth: The Role of the Minimum Wage

    18 June 2012

    This issue of the International Journal of Labour Research is wholly dedicated to the question of the minimum wage, a matter that has gained in importance and profile in recent years. No doubt, the main reasons behind this rise in prominence relate to the stagnation of wages in several parts of the world, a generalized increase in earnings inequality as well as the rise in social unrest across the globe.