PPOL-718-10 GLOBALIZATION & WORKER RIGHTS
Fall for 2009-2010
This module is designed to provide students with an understanding of international labor standards, specifically child labor, forced labor, employment discrimination and freedom of association and collective bargaining. For example, wanting ILS in trade agreements is a political issue, while wanting developing countries to implement them is a development issue. With increased international economic interdependence over the past half century, conditions in the workplace and treatment of workers have become more global. Globalization has become more contentious and raised a number of economic issues to the forefront for policymakers to consider. For example, anti-globalization and other demonstrations at high-level international meetings are becoming more commonplace. Expanded open trade has increased the size of the world economic pie; however, how this pie is being sliced up remains an issue. We will examine the role of the international labor standards in this controversy.
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