The European Union and International Labour Standards: The Dynamics of Dialogue between the EU and the ILO
This chapter focuses on those international labour standards identified as being ‘core’ in meetings of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Governing Body, the 1995 Copenhagen World Summit on Social Development, and the 1998 ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. It examines the extent to which the European Union (EU) has actually sought to promote international labour standards and investigates the dynamics of dialogue between the two organizations. It also investigates the extent to which this notion of constructive and disinterested dialogue characterizes the relationship between the EU and the ILO as regards enforcement of international labour standards, suggesting that such a characterization may be naïve in present circumstances. It is also argued here that the enhanced economic power of the EU, when combined with the struggle of the ILO for influence in a post Cold War climate, has allowed the EU to maintain a double standard.
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