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Labor And The Bank: Investigating The Politics Of The World Bank's Employing Workers' Index, Suzan Kang Jan 2010

Labor And The Bank: Investigating The Politics Of The World Bank's Employing Workers' Index, Suzan Kang

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For many years, trade unions have pressured international financial organizations such as the World Bank to better incorporate protections for workers. A recent development in this contestation was the World Bank’s 2009 announcement regarding its controversial “Employing Workers Index” in its widely circulated Doing Business report. Trade unions had argued that the index, which promoted flexible labor market policies, did not respect the international norm of worker protections, and urged the World Bank to change the index. As a result, the Doing Business Group pledged to reform the Employing Workers Index and to create a new index on protecting ...