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To the Lighthouse: Towards a global minimum wage: building on the international poverty line


Bolwell, D, To the Lighthouse: Towards a global minimum wage: building on the international poverty line, Australian Bulletin of Labour ISSN 0311-6336 (In Press) [Refereed Article]


This paper outlines how a global minimum wage might be introduced having regard to the political, institutional and technical barriers in its way. It reviews the issues surrounding minimum wages in the context of globalisation and assesses the evolution of labour standards in developing countries with a view to their application to a new minimum wages regime. The proposed global minimum wage rests on four pillars: (i) the World Bank’s international poverty line re-calculated as a universal wage floor; (ii), an electronic lighthouse that provides the global minimum wage translated for each developing country and the informal sector; (iii) involvement of the widest range of stakeholders and (iv) commercialisation of its monitoring and remediation. The ILO-World Bank Better Work program is discussed as an example of how its governance might proceed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:poverty, global minimum wage, international labour standards, informal economy
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Political Science
Research Field:International Relations
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:International Relations
Objective Field:International Political Economy (excl. International Trade)
Author:Bolwell, D (Mr Dain Bolwell)
ID Code:109312
Year Published:In Press
Deposited By:Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-06-08
Last Modified:2016-06-22

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