World Labour Report 1997-1998

Industrial Relations, Democracy, and Social Stability

Release Date: November 1, 1998

Whether talking of globalization, democracy, adjustment, or flexibility, this is a world of constant change. In some ways, we are also at the end of a period of labor market stability. In many countries, trade unions, employers, and governments have long been the main architects of this stability. Is collective representation now in crisis? In this major report, the ILO investigates the state of industrial relations worldwide. Drawing on examples from all the world’s regions, from the company to the national and international levels, in the formal and informal sectors, it offers a comprehensive assessment of how change in the real world is negotiated.