The ILO from Geneva to the Pacific Rim: West Meets East by Lichtenstein, Jensen, Nelson Lichtenstein, Jill M Jensen

By Lichtenstein, Jensen, Nelson Lichtenstein, Jill M Jensen

This quantity of unique essays considers how the foreign Labour association has helped generate a suite of principles and practices, earlier and current, transnational and inside of a unmarried kingdom, aimed toward advancing social and monetary reform within the Pacific Rim.

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G. Rice and W. E. Chalmers, “Improvement of Labor Conditions on Ships by International Action,” MLR 42 (May 1936), 1181–1203, quotation 1191. Moynihan, xi; Cong. , 74th Cong, 1st Session, 1935, 78, pt. 2: 1683. Cong. , 73d Cong, 2d Session, 1934, 78, pt. 11: 12580. , 1st Session, 1935, 79, pt. 3: 2583. New Deal advocates certainly had reason to fear for the future of national labour and welfare legislation. Not until March 1937 did the Supreme Court (in the famous “stitch in time saves nine” case) reverse itself and uphold a state minimum wage law.

29 In keeping with the regulatory spirit of the early New Deal, the bill’s supporters, like Representative Samuel Davis McReynolds, a Democrat from Tennessee, directly linked the move to the domestic standards setting machinery of the National Industrial Recovery Act and Agricultural Adjustment Act. ”30 Indeed, California representative, Charles J. ”31 Yet, in addition to extending New Deal-type regulations across national borders, another possibility for the ILO, at least briefly, occupied policy-makers’ attention.

While supporting the measure, the Soviet Union found it almost equally inconsequential. “In our country,” proudly proclaimed the government delegate, a Mr Markus, the abolition of private ownership of the means of production, the nationalisation of shipping, the liquidation of the capitalist class and the absence of private ship owners have put an end to the exploitation of seamen. 43 26 Leon Fink Opponents of regulation, to be sure, did not find the convention terribly constricting. The government delegate for India, for example, though not casting a negative vote, made clear that the draft Convention, representing too much of a departure from the contemporary practices, would never be adopted by his country.

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