Industrial Policy and the Rights of Labor: The Case of Foreign Workers in the French Automobile Assemble Industry

The foreign labor which made possible Western Europe’s postwar economic growth has become a permanent, if belatedly recognized, component of the region’s labor markets. Technological change and new industrial policies stressing efficiency, skilled labor, and rationalization threaten foreign workers, raising complex and important issues of law and social policy in the debate over labor’s role in industrial policy. These changes already have resulted in grave problems which make agreement and clarification of the rights of foreign workers in national and international law a matter of considerable urgency.