Publications on Collective bargaining and labour relations


  1. Publication

    National Tripartite Social Dialogue: An ILO guide for improved governance

    02 December 2013

    This guide is part of the ILO’s effort to respond to the demand from ILO member States for technical support in the field of establishing or strengthening mechanisms for tripartite social dialogue at the policy level in line with international labour standards and good comparative practice

  2. New report

    Regulating recruitment of migrant workers: An assessment of complaint mechanisms in Thailand

    21 October 2013

    This report provides the findings of an analysis of the legal framework and the complaint mechanisms for workers with grievances to seek redress - and puts forward recommendations for strengthening the system.

  3. Guidelines

    Equal Pay - An introductory guide

    04 October 2013

    Ensuring that the work done by women and men is valued fairly and ending pay discrimination is essential to achieving gender equality. However, pay inequality continues to persist and gender pay gaps in some instances have stagnated or even increased.

  4. International Labour Review, Vol. 152 (2013), No. 2

    The meta-regulation of European industrial relations: Power shifts, institutional dynamics and the emergence of regulatory competition

    05 July 2013

    “Meta-regulation” describes the transnational governance of industrial relations emerging from attempts to resolve conflicts between national collective agreements and EU Member States’ freedom to provide services and post workers abroad. The norm underpinning such meta-regulation is competition, not only between workers from different EU Member States but also between States’ labour regulations. Using the concepts of “structural power” and “social field”, the authors discuss judicial decisions that illustrate the gradual meta-regulation of industrial relations in the EU and show how the power asymmetry between labour and capital is growing in favour of the latter.

  5. Publication

    Regulating the employment relationship in Europe: A guide to Recommendation No. 198

    02 April 2013

    Over the recent years, there have been increasing developments at the European level regarding the employment relationship in legislation, case law, collective agreements and soft law. In this context, the ILO, and in particular the then Industrial and Employment Relations Department (DIALOGUE) undertook a strategic partnership with the European Labour Law Network (ELLN), a network of independent legal experts from all European Union Member States and European Economic Area countries, in order to produce an updated version of the 2007 annotated Guide with a specific focus on European countries.

    The Russian version of the Guide is complemented by examples on law in practice on employment relationship in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

  6. Handbook

    Understanding the Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention

    19 February 2013

    This handbook explains Convention No. 169 (1989) to governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations, as well as for indigenous and tribal peoples.


  1. Publication

    Employment Protection and Collective Bargaining: Beyond the deregulation agenda

    19 October 2012

    Employment Working Paper No. 133

  2. Publication

    Social Finance Working Paper #56: Strategies for unions to provide benefits and financial services to workers

    08 May 2012

    Experiences in the United States

  3. Working paper

    Working Paper No. 36: "Non-standard workers: Good practices of social dialogue and collective bargaining"

    26 April 2012

    This paper provides a comparative synthesis analysis of a series of national studies on non-standard work, collective bargaining and social dialogue in selected countries (Argentina,Colombia, India, Indonesia, Hungary, Japan and South Africa), which the Industrial and Employment Relations Department (DIALOGUE) of the ILO has conducted as a pilot project under the ILO’s Global Product on “Supporting collective bargaining and sound industrial relations”. The national studies aimed at identifying current and emerging non-standard forms of work arrangements within which workers are in need of protection; examining good practices in which people in non-standard forms of work are organized; analysing the role that collective bargaining and other forms of social dialogue play in improving the terms and conditions as well as the status of non-standard workers; and identifying good practices in this regard.


  1. Publication

    A Guide to Selected Labour Inspection Systems (with special reference to OSH)

    08 August 2011

    This “Guide to Selected Labour Inspection Systems” is part of a research programme in the area of labour administration and labour inspection carried out by the ILO Labour Inspection and Administration Programme (LAB/ADMIN) with a view to better understanding the functioning of the various systems in the world.