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Durham Law: Policy Engagement

Publications

OCTOBER 2018: SUBMISSION ON DECENT WORK REGULATION FOR THE UK VISIT OF THE UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON EXTREME POVERTY AND HUMAN RIGHTS (5-16 November 2018)

A submission on Decent Work Regulation for the vist to the UK of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights (5 to 16 November 2018).

The submission - by Professor Deirdre McCann of Durham Law School, Principal Investigator of the Decent Work Regulation project - highlights the intersection of poverty and labour rights and the need for effective labour regulation in the UK.

The submission highlights the growth of highly casualised jobs in the UK in recent years, which are subjecting an element of the working population to highly variable and unpredictable incomes and can be considered unacceptable forms of work.

The submission concludes that it is essential to find new solutions to protect casual workers and to avert the risk of poverty. More effective interventions would include ‘framed flexibility’ mechanisms e.g. the prohibition of casual work in vulnerable sectors/occupations; notice of schedules and overtime; incentives for continuous hours; compensation for short call-out periods; and the requirement that in-shift travel periods be counted as working time (on the ‘framed flexibility’ model, see further Deirdre McCann and Jill Murray Prompting Formalisation Through Labour Market Regulation 2014 Industrial Law Journal).

To download the submission, please click here. The full set of submissions by UK academics and civil society organisations is available here.


JULY 2018: UFW REPORT 2018

Unacceptable Forms of Work: Global Dialogue/Local Innovation

This report is the product of an international consultation that has involved researchers and policy-makers from 50 research and policy organisations in more than 20 countries across the world. A response to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the report calls for effective labour regulation to secure economic growth and decent work (SDG8).

Unacceptable Forms of Work: Global Dialogue/Local Innovation highlights 10 Global Challenges to effective labour rights. It outlines research agendas that are designed to investigate and respond to each of these Global Challenges by eliminating Unacceptable Forms of Work(UFW).

For further information about the report, please click here.


JUNE 2018: FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE REGIONAL MEETING ON DECENT WORK REGULATION IN AFRICA

University of Cape Town, Graduate School of Business, 18 June 2018

On 18 June 2018, the Network held a Regional Meeting at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business. The Meeting brought together stakeholders from countries across sub-Saharan Africa, including from government Ministries, labour inspectorates, trade unions, employers’ associations, auditors, and retailers.

The Meeting provided the opportunity for a regional dialogue on regulatory strategies that can achieve decent work in the African context. The focus was on the enforcement of labour laws in the garment sector. In particular, participants considered whether involving a range of stakeholders in enforcement - multistakeholders models - can extend the reach of labour standards.

This document outlines the Meeting’s findings and recommendations. It aims to make a useful contribution to the lively debates on effective labour standards, and on decent work in the garment sector, both in Africa and in countries across the world.

To download the document, please click here.


APRIL 2018: UFW PROJECT RESEARCH AGENDAS

The ESRC/GCRF Strategic Network on Legal Regulation of Unacceptable Forms of Work has identifed a set of Global Challenges to effective labour regulation. These are the most urgent and complex issues that face lower-income countries in particular in upgrading or eliminating unacceptable forms of work.

Network Teams composed of researchers from a range of discplines and national and international policy actors have produced research agendas to address each Global Challenge.

To download the research agendas, please click here.


JUNE 2017: UNACCEPTABLE FORMS OF WORK: A MULTIDIMENSIONAL MODEL

Unacceptable forms of work (UFW) have been identified as an “area of critical importance” for the ILO as it approaches its centenary. Yet there is currently no comprehensive elaboration of the dimensions, causes or manifestations of UFW.

On this article published in the International Labour Review (Vol. 156, No. 2, 2017), Professor Deirdre McCann and Professor Judy Fudge report on a research project that has proposed such a framework.

The article first investigates and reconceptualizes key discourses on contemporary work to identify their contribution to an analytically rigorous conception of UFW. It then outlines a novel Multidimensional Model that has been designed for use by local policy actors in identifying and targeting UFW in countries across a range of income levels.

To download the article, please click here.


2015: UNACCEPTABLE FORMS OF WORK: A GLOBAL AND COMPARATIVE STUDY

This research study conducted by Professor Judy Fudge and Professor Deirdre McCann defines Unacceptable Forms of Work (UFW) and the various ways in which it is manifested.

It compares the concept of UFW to relevant concepts developed by academia and selected international organizations. It also proposes a model to capture the multidimensional nature of unacceptable forms of work in different socio-economic and cultural contexts, and suggests effective approaches to labour market regulation in addressing these forms of work.

Unacceptable Forms of Work: A Global and Comparative Study (English)

Unacceptable Forms of Work: A Global and Comparative Study (French)

Unacceptable Forms of Work: A Global and Comparative Study (Spanish)