Contracting International Employee Participation Global Framework Agreements

Politics, Sociology

John Sutherland, “The War on the Young (Provocations)”
Guilty Until Proven Innocent: The Crisis in Our Justice System by Jon Robins
People Power: Remaking Parliament for the Populist Age (Provocations Series) by Richard Askwith
Contracting International Employee Participation: Global Framework Agreements By Felix Hadwiger
Technologies of Labour and the Politics of Contradiction By Paško Bilić

John Sutherland, “The War on the Young (Provocations)”

ISBN: 178590339X | 2018 | EPUB | 144 pages | 1 MB

Intergenerational conflict is a perennial feature of society and capitalism. One side has the youth, the other side has the lion’s share of the wealth, and the good things wealth can bring.
In the last few years that friction has reached to dangerous heights. Call it war. And, like all war, it has the risk of doing severe damage.
In this fiery polemic the author of the best-selling The War on the Old has switched sides, and now examines the conflict as it must appear to the young.
For the first time since the Second World War, younger generations can expect less fulfilled lives than their elders. They may not be their ‘betters’, but in the second decade of the twenty-first century they surely are better heeled.
Traditionally society’s way of controlling the young has been to send them off to war, or conscript them. They would either die, or learn ‘duty’. Now we send as many as 50% to university, from which they emerge encumbered with debt. As Orwell observed, there is nothing like debt for extinguishing the political fire in your belly.
The War on the Young is lively, provocative and ranges wittily, and at times angrily, over many casus belli from the standpoint of the nation’s young people. Things are not getting better. This is a timely and highly readable look at a ticking generational time-bomb.

Guilty Until Proven Innocent: The Crisis in Our Justice System by Jon Robins

English | April 26, 2018 | ISBN: 1785903691 | EPUB | 352 pages | 0.6 MB

Whenever a miscarriage of justice hits the headlines, it is tempting to dismiss it as an anomaly – a minor hiccup in an otherwise healthy judicial system. Yet the cases of injustice that feature in this book reveal that they are not just minor hiccups, but symptoms of a chronic illness plaguing the British legal system.
Massive underfunding, catastrophic failures in policing and shoddy legal representation have all contributed to a deepening crisis – one that the watchdog set up for the very purpose of investigating miscarriages of justice has done precious little to remedy. Indeed, little has changed since the ‘bad old days’ of the Guildford Four and Birmingham Six.
Award winning journalist Jon Robins lifts the lid on Britain’s legal scandals and exposes the disturbing complacency that has led to many innocent people being deemed guilty, either in the eyes of the law or in the court of public opinion.

People Power: Remaking Parliament for the Populist Age (Provocations Series) by Richard Askwith

English | February 15, 2018 | ISBN: 1785903527 | EPUB | 128 pages | 0.8 MB

British parliamentary democracy is in a state of advanced decay. The symptoms are familiar: party machines with no goal beyond their own survival; donors and lobbyists whose interests trump the nation’s; a disillusioned electorate; and an over-mighty executive whose patronage has become the main driving force of politics. These rots have mixed to breed a caste of career politician more concerned with serving patrons than constituents.
We’ve known this for years, but what can we do about it beyond not bothering to vote? However, in the past decade, a new generation’s digital revolution has gradually given a voice to the hitherto unheard masses. Its contribution to political discourse, once limited to the occasional ‘X’ on a ballot paper, has been rude, vigorous, anarchic – and spectacularly influential.
The tide has turned. The result? A slump in support for the big parties, the rejection of mainstream candidates in the Labour leadership contest; the roar of pent-up rage against the Brussels-friendly elite that led to the Brexit vote of June 2016; and then, five months later, the seemingly crazed elevation of Donald Trump to become the most powerful man in the world.

Contracting International Employee Participation: Global Framework Agreements By Felix Hadwiger

English | PDF,EPUB | 2018 | 245 Pages | ISBN : 3319710982 | 4.42 MB

In the last two decades, multinational companies (MNCs) and global union federations (GUFs) have started to negotiate so-called global framework agreements (GFAs) which define minimum standards for labor conditions across their locations. This book focuses on the question why companies conclude GFAs, and identifies four groups of incentives: reduction and privatization of conflicts; public relations; promotion of equal competitive conditions; exogenous requirements and avoidance of public regulation. Based on an in-depth analysis of incentives considered to play a dominant role in the decision of companies to conclude GFAs, the book attempts to predict under which conditions GFAs can be expected to proliferate in the future.

Technologies of Labour and the Politics of Contradiction By Paško Bilić

English | PDF,EPUB | 2018 | 302 Pages | ISBN : 3319762788 | 4.26 MB

This book is situated in the nexus between technology, labour and politics. It focuses on contradictions as heuristic devices that uncover struggles, frictions and ambiguities of digitalization in work and labour environments. Topics include contradictions in automation, internet platforms, digital practices, creative industries, communication industries, human interaction, democratic participation and regulation. Three cross-cutting themes can be identified within the diverse chapters represented in the book.
First, many authors argue that labour and economic valorisation occur outside of the traditional concept of working space and time. Second, digital technology is not fixed under capital. It is malleable and mouldable. Third, many political tensions are occurring without organized awareness or dissent. The book will, therefore, be of interest to researchers and students in the fields of sociology of work, media studies, cultural studies, gender studies, science and technology studies and Critical Theory as well as to trade-unionists and policy makers.