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The Need for a UN Mechanism to Enforce International Labour Law Standards



by Hugh McDermott


Globalisation is an important and vital element of the new world economy.  Not only does it allow companies to access competitively priced labour markets, it redistributes employment opportunities and can provide significant economic benefits to workers in emerging markets.

Offshore outsourcing which began in the 1990s is now the norm in most manufacturing companies. However, advances in internet technology is triggering a rise in offshoring white collar positions at a level never seen before. Companies like Virtual Employee and People in the Cloud offer skilled labour across a wide range of business functions in developing countries at competitive prices. This is opening up new labour markets for companies in developed economies and new opportunities for educated workers in developing nations.

In this climate, the role of the International Labor Organisation (ILO) in promoting labour rights is more relevant than ever before.

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