|Links to IRHRM
web sites around the world:
Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) is
the only central trade union body in Australia.
|The web site Atlapedia
contains basic information about the population and economy for most of
the nations in the world.
|The Canadian Industrial
Relations Association (CIRA) brings
together practitioners from labor and management with researchers, much
as the U.S.-based IRRA does.
|For information about
the South African trade union movement, us the link to the Congress of South
African Trade Unions (COSATU).
|The U.S. State Department prepares Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for its reports to Congress.
is an interactive database on living conditions and quality of life in
Europe, offering data drawn from the Foundation's own surveys and from
other published sources. The data provided deals with the objective living
conditions and subjective well-being of European citizens. It covers the
25 current EU Member States and three candidate countries: Bulgaria, Romania
Industrial Relations Observatory collects and publishes data and information
for the countries of the European Union as well as several other European
nations. The "Annual Reviews" for each of these countries are
particularly useful and you should look at them as we begin each country.
|The US Department of
Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, maintains a Foreign
Labor Statistics data base. It covers all of the countries in IRL 420
but just a couple of countries in IRL 421. The data are limited but usually
include unemployment rates, employment data, and the consumer price index.
You should consult this before the first class on each country and come
to class the most recent annual data you can find for that country on the
unemployment rate and the consumer price index.
|The US Department of Labor, Bureau of International Labor
Affairs, produces periodic reports on labor issues in a variety of countries
under the title Foreign
Labor Trends. Not all the countries are included (in fact at the moment,
none of the IRL 420 countries are but several of the IRL 421 countries are
and these reports are very useful and very interesting covering trade union,
law and employment related issues as well as providing data on "key
Relations Association of South Africa is an association of professionals
interested in South African industrial-relations issues.
|The International Confederation
of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) is the
international trade union body bringing together trade union federations
which are independent of government control from about 140 countries around
|The International Federation
of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers’ Unions (ICEM)
is a large and very active International Trade Secretariat.
|The International Labour
Organization (ILO) is a branch of the
United Nations but one which actually dates from the League of Nations.
It is a tri-partite body representing labor and management as well as governments.
It attempts to enhance and enforce labor standards around the world.
|The International Transport
Workers Federation (ITF) is an International
Trade Secretariat focusing on transportation related workers. As part of
its campaign against flag-of-convenience shipping it conducts one of the
few systems of genuine international collective bargaining in the world.
|For a variety of different
types of information on Japanese
unions and industrial relations check out this link.
Institute of Labour is a branch of the Ministry of Labour which concentrates
on research and the dissemination of information.
Business and Culture is a site that, while it doesn’t contain anything
specific to industrial relations and human resource management in Japan
does contain lots of interesting background material.
|The Japanese Federation
of Industry Keidanren is an extremely
important representative of Japanese industry although this web site doesn’t
really have much relating to industrial relations or human resource management.
It’s subsidiary group, Nikkeiren is the Federation of Employers. It has
its own web site, but I have not provided a link since that site is exclusively
|One of the most interesting
web sites for comparative industrial relations and human resource management
is one called Labourstart.
It has labor news from around the world on a daily basis. You should
check this site at least twice every week.
is the commonly used abbreviation for the Swedish Trade Union Confederation.
This is its web page and the English language section contains a basic description
of the LO itself and the Swedish system of collective bargaining.
|Many of the European nations have statutory minimum wage
Wages in Europe is a web site with descriptions of many of those systems,
arranged by country.
Labour Law Profiles page produced by the ILO. These exist for only a
few of the countries in IRL 420 and 421 (including some covered in class
and some which are not) but they are very useful where they exist.
for Economic Cooperation and Development maintains statistical and other
information on its thirty member nations, including essentially all of the
economically advance countries. You can use this link to connect to statistical
information on individual countries and get a statistical profile about
Information Service doesn’t have much about industrial relations or
human resource management but does have lots of interesting background material
|The Transport and General
Workers Union (TGWU) was long the
largest trade union in Britain but it is not any longer.
|The British Trades Union
Congress (TUC) is the only central
trade union body in the Britain.
|The union which is now
the largest in Britain is called Unison.
It is a union primarily of public sector workers.