Global Labour Recruitment in a Supply Chain Context
82 Pages Posted: 4 Nov 2014 Last revised: 28 Sep 2018
Date Written: 2015
This policy paper argues that efforts to regulate global labor recruitment for low-wage work should target the firm at the top of the labor supply chain (ie, the ultimate employer of the recruited workers, or -- where that employer is a subcontractor -- the end user firm to which the employer provides goods or services) as the actor in the best position to take responsibility for violations of the labor recruiters in its subcontracting network. In support of this assertion, I present and analyze six new case studies of governments and civil society organizations that have piloted this approach. I conclude with a set of best practices to guide the next generation of organizing and regulatory initiatives in this field.
Keywords: Recruitment, migration, supply chain, joint liability, guest work, temporary work
JEL Classification: F22, J43, J61, K42, L33, M55
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