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Raising the global floor: dismantling the myth that we can't afford good working conditions for everyone

By: Heyman, Jody.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Stanford Stanford University Press 2010Description: xiii, 240 p.ISBN: 9780804768900.Subject(s): Employee rights | Labor economics | Labor laws and legislation | Labor policyDDC classification: 331.2 Summary: Raising the Global Floor shatters this widely held view by presenting the first ever, global analysis of the relationship between labor conditions, national competitiveness, and unemployment rates in 190 countries. The authors' findings are dramatic. They show that there is no relationship between unemployment rates and providing basic protections in a series of critical areas. Strikingly, data also indicate that good working conditions can make countries more competitive. There are no long-term economic gains to be had if workers are denied paid sick leave, paid annual leave, paid parental leave, the right to a day of rest, and many other basic protections that would improve the quality of their lives. (http://www.sup.org/book.cgi?id=18333)
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Raising the Global Floor shatters this widely held view by presenting the first ever, global analysis of the relationship between labor conditions, national competitiveness, and unemployment rates in 190 countries. The authors' findings are dramatic. They show that there is no relationship between unemployment rates and providing basic protections in a series of critical areas. Strikingly, data also indicate that good working conditions can make countries more competitive. There are no long-term economic gains to be had if workers are denied paid sick leave, paid annual leave, paid parental leave, the right to a day of rest, and many other basic protections that would improve the quality of their lives. (http://www.sup.org/book.cgi?id=18333)

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