Labor Governance and Economic Reform in the Middle East and North Africa: Lessons from Nordic Countries - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Labor Governance and Economic Reform in the Middle East and North Africa: Lessons from Nordic Countries

Mansour Omeira, Simel Esim and Sufyan Alissa


Date:
September, 2008

NO.
436

Length:
31 pages

Topic:
J5. Labor–Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining

Abstract

The greater emphasis on governance issues in economic reform programmes of Middle East and North African (MENA) countries has given inadequate attention to labour governance. This paper draws on the experience of Nordic countries to review the role of labour governance institutions, tripartism, and collective bargaining in the MENA region. The issues it addresses include labour flexibility, social protection, public sector employment, and minimum wages. This comparative overview identifies directions for future research on multiple dimensions of the link between labour governance and economic reform.

Mansour Omeira


Simel Esim


Sufyan Alissa


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