2021 Isaac Industrial Relations Symposium
Transnational Industrial Democracy: Towards a New Paradigm of Labour Governance in Global Supply Chains
The 2013 Rana Plaza catastrophe demonstrated that the prevailing model of private labour regulation had failed to protect its alleged beneficiaries – workers at the hard end of corporate supply chains. Part of the problem is that private governance institutions show little concern with the democratic representation of those affected: workers and their representatives.
The purpose of this talk is to explore whether meaningful private transnational labour governance can emerge in a way that that is underpinned by the democratic representation of those affected – the workers. Together with Jimmy Donaghey (UniSA), we examined the global governance response to the 2013 Rana Plaza disaster, which provides important insights into whether and how the principles of industrial democracy can be extended into global supply chains. Particularly, the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh is an important case for understanding the possibility of building institutions for transnational industrial democracy in global supply chains.
Ultimately, the argument presented is that what is needed is a new paradigm of global labour rights, rooted in principles of transnational industrial democracy, as a prerequisite for more just and sustainable globalisation.
About the Speaker
Juliane Reinecke is Professor of International Management and Sustainability at King’s Business School, King’s College London, where she has also served as Associate Dean for Impact and Innovation.
Previously, she held a Professorship at the University of Warwick. Juliane is a Fellow at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and Research Fellow at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, from where she received her PhD.
Her research interests focus on transnational governance, collective action, labour rights & sustainability in global value chains. Her book on “Transnational Industrial Democracy” is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.
About the symposium
This symposium was developed jointly by the Department of Management and Marketing at the University of Melbourne, and Monash Business School, Monash University, to recognise and highlight the outstanding contribution to industrial relations by the late Professor Emeritus Joe Isaac AO, FASSA. He was one of Australia’s most distinguished scholars and practitioners in the broad field of workplace relations.