In 1954 CIA sponsored a coup d’état to protect the interests of US fruit companies at the expense of labour union rights. Through trade agreements and private standards they now intend to restore the damage and force Guatemala to improve its labour laws.
The ECJ has ruled on the escape clause of article 6 Rome Convention. How “special”/”ordinary” will this Schlecker case turn out to be in other cases of international labour law or even in cases of torts where article 4 (3) Rome II Regulation is invoked?
Last April, 1129 workers died when the Rana Plaza factory collapsed in Bangladesh. Can this disaster be used as a catalyst for change? While governments are hesitant to take action, multinational companies are divided in a ‘European’ and ‘American’ camp.
The Schlecker case is of importance for experts in international labour law, but possibly also for those who are concerned with Transnational Corporate Social Responsibility and, more generally, with the possible contribution of PIL to Social Justice.
Many Dutch companies receive financial or other support from the state. The goal of these policies is to strengthen the Dutch economy. But the use of state support is increasingly being linked to the observance of international labour standards.