Power of the Voice: Perspectives from workers and buyers on social dialogue within the Bangladeshi garment sector

By | Bangladesh, Meta-analysis


An analysis concludes that social dialogue in Bangladesh is severely lacking and union and trade union representatives are seen as ineffective and untrustworthy. Because of this, workers in the textile industry face bad working conditions and inadequate pay. Further interviews revealed that Swedish companies contracting these factories have issues in their auditing processes and both the Swedish government and companies, alongside the ILO, have expressed interest in improving their dialogue with Bangladesh and strengthening social dialogue in the sector.

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Morocco: Economic, Social, Political and Institutional Situation and its Connection with Social Dialogue

By | Meta-analysis, Morocco


The development of the informal sector of Morocco through short-term contracts and the recent decisions of the government have led to a decline in the influence of social dialogue institutions like unions. The lack of ability of the unions to keep up with the changing demands of new workers and the solitary decisions of the government have led to groups leaving union representation and protesting on their own. The current state of bipartite and tripartite dialogue in the state need to be reassessed.

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Work for progress Labour Market Case Stories 2019 – Middle East and North Africa

By | Jordan, Meta-analysis, Morocco, Tunisia


The study highlights a set of case studies in the Mena Region, Middle East and North Africa, that demonstrate examples of good developments of social dialogue. These examples are urged to be taken up by various sectors in the region in order to further develop social dialogue to a sustainable level.

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Productivity and Wage Effects of Firm-Level Collective Agreements: Evidence from Belgian Linked Panel Data

By | Belgium, Meta-analysis


This study analyses the difference between firm-level and sector-level collective bargaining agreements, using Belgium as a basis. It argues that firm-level agreements do more to raise wage levels past productivity increases, without affecting the organisation’s overall profitability. It suggests that firm-level agreements more strongly raise wages without affecting profitability, but have shorter reaching effects than sector-level agreements.

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What Do Unions Do to Productivity? A Meta‐Analysis

By | Meta-analysis, Social dialogue, UK, United States


The impact of unions on productivity is explored using meta‐analysis and meta‐regression analysis. It is shown that most of the variation in published results is due to specification differences between studies. After controlling for differences between studies, a negative association between unions and productivity is established for the United Kingdom, whereas a positive association is established for the United States in general and for U.S. manufacturing.

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