Collective Bargaining and Gender Equality

Jane Pillinger, Nora Wintour

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ISBN 9781788210768
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ISBN 9781788210775
160 pages   |  234 x 156mm   |  November 2018


Women constitute the largest number of low-paid, part-time workers in precarious employment in both the developed and developing world. Historically, collective bargaining through unionization has been a major force in negotiating and delivering social justice, decent work and fair wages in the workplace. However, the role of collective bargaining in achieving gender equality in the workplace is relatively under-researched. There are critical successes and notable challenges of collective bargaining for gender equality that deserve closer analysis, such as equal pay for work of equal value, work-life balance, maternity and parental leave rights, non-discrimination in access to employment and the spill-over of domestic violence into the workplace.

In this short, policy-oriented book, Jane Pillinger and Nora Wintour present data and evidence that demonstrates the complex and expanding areas of global action and policy-making for women’s rights. They explore how the feminization of unions in both developing and developed countries is changing their bargaining agenda; the recent policy developments in institutions such as the ILO, EU and UN; and potential solutions to tackle some of the challenges using case studies to propose a vision for the development of collective bargaining as a tool for equality in the workplace.


1. Introduction
2. The gender dimensions of collective bargaining
3. Collective bargaining as a tool for gender equality: evidence from across the world
4. Changing employment patterns, precarious and informal work, and the challenge for collective bargaining
5. The global dimension of collective bargaining: the role of global framework agreements in promoting gender equality
6. Conclusion

Author Information

Jane Pillinger is Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Social Policy and Criminology at the Open University. She is a former Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons Select Committee on Employment and regularly advises the International Labour Organization, European Commission and the European Institute of Gender Equality, amongst others, on gender equality issues.

Nora Wintour is an independent researcher, writer and policy advisor on child labour, women in the informal economy, workers' rights and gender inequality. She has been a trade union education officer with the agricultural and building and wood workers Global Union Federations and served as Deputy General Secretary for Public Services International from 2006 to 2009.

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