International labour standards and decent work: a critical analysis of Thailand’s experiences, with suggestions for theory, policy, practice and research

Added on Nov 1, 2018

Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources(2018) 56, 539–565
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Key points

1 The ILO labour standards are significant international conventions, recommendations, declarations and protocols that may influence national labour laws and industrial relations.

2 The impact of ILO labour standards that relate to decent work is patchy in Thailand and contrasting in two types of Thai labour market, which we call Types A and B.

3 Implementing the decent work agenda may encourage managers to deploy workers in more productive and innovative ways.

4 As well as advancing Thailand’s economic and social development, more decent work in Thailand would improve Thai people’s working lives.

5 Thailand should reform its tripartite national institution that can foster the implementation of the decent work agenda. This would be a worthwhile institutional innovation.

6 Such improvements are more likely to be achieved and sustained under parliamentary democracy than under military rule.