Labor unrest and action

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DEFINITION: Existence of organized labor relating to supply chain at local, regional and national levels; history of organized labor disrupting operations at port/harbor, transportation industry verticals; organized labor connections to crime organizations; organized labor connections to extremist groups; level of political and/or foreign policy activism; public perception of organized labor membership and activities; public rhetoric of labor unions that indicates risk to multinationals and the supply chain; ability of labor to affect change in-country; national economic trends likely to affect organized labor capabilities.

How pervasive are labor unions?

___ Non existent

___ Nascent, minimal influence in policy or business operations

_ X__Established in certain sectors or geographical areas, moderate business influence, minor economic or political influence

_X__ Well established, moderate economic or political influence, may be organized into cross-sectoral umbrella organizations

___Highly entrenched, frequently integrated into large, powerful umbrella organizations, significant impact on business operations and government economic policies through action or economic and political influence

[2.25/7.0 points]

Does organized labor use strikes or disruptive behavior to impact critical portions of supply chain?

___Never – no major organized labor action

___Rarely – strikes almost never occur in past 1-3 years, labor engages in dialogue, some lobbying

_ X __Occasionally – strikes, sit-ins and other disruptive behavior used selectively over past 1-3 years

___Often – strikes and other disruptive behavior a common practice of labor movements in past 1-3 years

[1.50/7 points]

Do strikes become violent?

___ Never

___ Rarely

_ X __ Violence is not unusual, or has faded from use

___ Violence is a fixture of strikes but generally controlled

___ Violence is a fixture of strikes and uncontrolled

[1.25/7 points]

How active and influential is labor in trade agreements or trade policy and foreign policy?

___ No influence, minimal or no activity regarding foreign trade or economic issues

_ X __ Occasional influence, international trade and economic issues are addressed by labor

___ Moderate influence, labor active in trying to set foreign trade and economic agendas and policies, primarily through lobbying and political moves

___ Moderate influence, labor active in trying to set foreign trade and economic agendas and policies, via lobbying and strikes or other labor disruptions

___Labor very active in international agendas, strong influence on government economic and trade policies, or frequent employment of disruptive behaviors to try to influence trade policies.

[0.75/7 points]

Do the country's domestic labor laws reflect labor's influence?

___Only basic protections and laws

_ X __The system is by the government and for government

___Labor laws the result of balance between labor and industry

___Most of it was written by labor

___The system is for labor and by labor

[0.75/7 points]

Employment in industries that have organized labor, or size of organized labor as a percent of workers in organized industries is:

___There are no unions



_ X __Growing but labor is insignificant in number

___Growing quickly

[0.5/7 points]

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