This chapter examines collective rights such as the right to freedom of association and assembly embedded in corporate-led governance mechanisms within global supply chains. In particular, it focuses on the experience of women workers in export-oriented factories and prospects for women worker empowerment. Two prominent mechanisms – monitoring and enforcement of corporate codes of conduct and value chain upgrading – are outlined and assessed in relation to women’s economic empowerment and political agency. The chapter argues that self-regulatory mechanisms tend to uphold the weaknesses of the existing regimes rather than finding remedies. Importantly, these mechanisms provide little space for worker inclusion in the design of auditing methods, or in some cases, for representing their interests accurately. In other words, they did little to address asymmetrical power, as, within the repertoire of global governance, codes of conduct and social upgrading remain firmly rooted in the process of ‘labour flexibilisation’, which has been detrimental to collective labour rights.
|Title of host publication||The Routledge Companion to Employment Relations|
|Editors||Adrian Wilkinson, Tony Dundon, Jimmy Donaghey, Alexander J.S. Colvin|
|Place of Publication||New York NY USA|
|Number of pages||15|
|ISBN (Print)||9781138911178, 9781315692968|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
|Name||The Routledge Companion|