First, the Author traces the main phases of development of transnational labour law. Second, he reflects on the current framework, also in order to highlight the centrality gained by fundamental rights. The Author emphasises not only public legal sources, as statute laws or international conventions, hard law or soft law tools, but also the various private sources and the many actors involved, as global trade unions and European workers’ councils, which, in the latest years, have become main players of the creation of instruments aimed at protecting workers’ rights. Moreover, the Author illustrates the role of public opinion and civil society organisations in giving responsibility to multinational companies, as well as the widespread use of the so-called codes of conduct.
Keywords: Transnational law; Globalisation; Labour; Workers’ organisations; ILO Conventions; Multinational companies; Codes of conduct; Fundamental rights.