Women’s Labor Rights in Collective Bargaining Agreements

Previously we highlighted a valuable resource for examining and comparing labor relations topics such as collective bargaining agreements around the world (http://www.uva-aias.net/208).  A working paper published in November 2014 used the ICTWSS database to examine women’s labor rights in collective bargaining agreements.  The authors compared 186 collective bargaining agreements in Guatemala, Indonesia, Kenya, Mozambique, Peru, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda in terms of pay, working hours and work-family clauses.  They found that, on average, the collective bargaining agreements offered better working conditions than the legal requirements in every country they examined. 

The project on Labor Rights for Women is a partnership between the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the Wage Indicator Foundation and the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS).  The purpose of the project is to empower female workers by raising awareness of labor rights and enabling women to improve their own working situations.

You can read the entire report here: http://www.uva-aias.net/uploaded_files/publications/WP155-Besamusca,Tijdens.pdf

 

Source: Besamusca, J. & Tijdens, K. (2104) Women’s Labour Rights
in Collective Bargaining  Agreements: Inventory of women’s labour rights clauses in collective bargaining agreement in Guatemala, Indonesia, Kenya, Mozambique, Peru, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.