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Thesis topic

Global Labour Governance on Occupational Safety and Health in the Developing World


In the era of globalisation, labour issues are growing beyond national boundary. Labour protection should be considered globally in views of that national government and national industrial regulations have limited capability to deal labour problems driven by the deregulation of the global economy. In the developing countries, “race to the bottom” effect on labour standards happens commonly because those national states are weak to confront global capital movements. The existence of sweatshops in today’s globalised world alarms the risky status of globalisation, the socio-economic unbalance. Even more, deadly occupational disasters happened in developing countries, for example, collapse of factory building in Bangladesh, triggered the movement of rebuilding a safe world of work for vulnerable workers. Therefore, global labour governance becomes an emergent issue worth taking into account carefully for redressing social justice in global economy. Ideally, international industrial relations system can be seen as a vital mechanism processing global labour problems and generating global labour governance to regulate the world of work worldwide. Even so, the fragment of international industrial relations undermines the effectiveness of global labour governance. In order to evaluate global labour governance accurately, the development, present limitations and emerging changings of it would be discussed comprehensively.

Research methods

  • Case study – Three developing countries in Asian, China, India and Bangladesh are selected.
  • Content analysis – Focus on institutional materials and practical reports.


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