Through liberal interpretations of their mandates, international financial institutions (ifis) have been able to constantly redefine their own roles. The activities of ifis have for a long time moved beyond purely financial matters. In seeking popular legitimacy, during the past decades, ifis have embarked on a governance vocation and reinvented themselves as actors of global governance. In this way, ifis increasingly absorb Labor standards into their operational policies. The inclusion of Labor standards into the 2016 Environmental and Social Framework of the World Bank serves as a recent example. This chapter examines the role and limitations of ifis in setting and enforcing Labor standards. Engagement with Labor issues also presents enormous knowledge management and institutional challenges to ifis. This brings further cultural, ideological and institutional changes to ifis. In conclusion, the potential of ifis transforming into public authorities of global environmental and social justice deserves close scrutiny.
This article examines deficits in the current legal framework of posted workers in a global setting through a case study involving Chinese posted workers striking in Equatorial Guinea. Posting highlights the challenges that economic globalisation and transformation of the labour market pose to labour law. As a phenomenon whose normativity is deeply embedded in the cross-border setting where it occurs, posting should profoundly affect the transnational labour law agenda. The emergence of transnational labour law should be seen from the perspective of reconceptualising existing normative regimes in the light of an underpinning transnationality and sketching the architecture for the normative edifice of transnational labour protection. The transnational legal context under scrutiny calls for a wider normative framework where the intersections between labour law, international law and private international law are taken seriously. Global protection of posted workers should be a featured project on the transnational labour law agenda.