Christina Niforou is at Warwick Business School.
International Framework Agreements and Industrial Relations Governance: Global Rhetoric versus Local Realities
Article first published online: 4 MAR 2011
© Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2011
British Journal of Industrial Relations
Volume 50, Issue 2, pages 352–373, June 2012
How to Cite
Niforou, C. (2012), International Framework Agreements and Industrial Relations Governance: Global Rhetoric versus Local Realities. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 50: 352–373. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8543.2011.00851.x
- Issue published online: 11 MAY 2012
- Article first published online: 4 MAR 2011
- Final version accepted on 18 December 2010.
The article discusses the local impact of international framework agreements (IFAs). It presents findings from empirical research carried out in two Spanish MNCs, and it examines how the commitments stipulated by the texts of the IFAs translate in local practice in different subsidiaries in Central and South America. The article follows the policy cycle of both agreements, and it further evaluates them as emerging private institutions of global industrial relations governance. The main findings reveal a paradox. The generic character of IFAs encourages corporate consent for their adoption, but, in practice, it gives precedence to local laws and hence renders the enforcement of compliance difficult, and, in some cases, unfeasible. And where local laws contravene or lack compatibility with International Labour Organization conventions, the central premise of IFAs as instruments of global governance is largely undermined.