Industry – Construction

Research on Informal Workers and Social Dialogue

By | Case-study, Rwanda


This case study analyses the development of tripartite social dialogue in Rwanda. It is discovered that the insistence of true unions has led to the flourishing of social dialogue, especially tripartite, in Rwanda. This has led to increases in working conditions and salary for construction workers in the region.

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The Palestinian Decent Work Programme 2018-2022

By | Case-study, Palestina


This publication details the Palestinian Decent Work Programme as instituted by the ILO. Part of this programme is the strengthening of social dialogue through increased and enhanced bipartite and tripartite social dialogue for various sectors, especially construction. Priority II details this further, mentioning three goals of strengthening social dialogue: ensuring alignment with human rights treaties, improve freedom of association and representative decision-making and enhance labour inspections through database and grievance mechanisms establishment.

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Enhancing the Effectiveness of Social Dialogue Articulation in Europe (EESDA)

By | France


This study evaluates the current effectiveness and implementation of social dialogue in France. It does this through cross-sectoral analysis with interviews of key stakeholders and desk research. It concludes that, overall, social dialogue is deteriorating in effectiveness over time, despite increased involvement, and that it is being decentralised, preferring company decisions over sector decisions.

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Labor Unrest and the Quality of Production: Evidence from the Construction Equipment Resale Market

By | Case-study, Social dialogue, United States


This paper examines the construction equipment resale market to assess whether equipment produced by the world’s largest manufacturer of construction machinery, Caterpillar, experienced lower product quality in facilities that underwent contract disputes during the 1990’s. Analysis of auction data reveals that resale market participants significantly discounted machines produced in these dispute-affected facilities. Additionally, pieces of equipment produced in facilities undergoing unrest were resold more often, received worse appraisal reports, and had lower list prices. Taken together, the evidence supports the hypothesis that workmanship at dispute-affected facilities declined, and that the resulting impact on the economic quality of the equipment produced was significant. The dispute was associated with at least $400 million in lost service flows due to inferior quality equipment alone.

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