International and European Protection of the Right to Strike: A Comparative Study of Standards Set…

Hardcover | March 1, 2003

byTonia Novitz

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In a time of controversy over the relevance and utility of industrial action, this book outlines the case for protection of a right to strike. It argues that such a right can be viewed as civil, political and socio-economic in nature, depending upon one's conception of 'good governance' and'democratic participation' at the national level. This has consequences for what is perceived to be the appropriate scope of the right and the extent of any legitimate exceptions. Critics of domestic labour legislation tend to appeal to international and European standards, chiefly those promulgated by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Council of Europe and the European Union (EU). All these organisations acknowledge the importance of a right to strike, butthey differ in the manner in which the right is defined and protected. This book suggests that this is because each organisation adopts a distinctive view of the appropriate justificatory basis of this entitlement. This work also addresses current enthusiasm for reforming the governance of international and European organisations which would bolster their legitimacy. It is suggested that, despite the entrenched structures and cultural norms of each institution, such a process of reform could lead to greaterconsistency of standards relating to the right to strike. A crucial question for workers, in the light of these developments, is whether there will be a 'levelling up' of rights or diminishing protection for those who organise or participate in industrial action. This book ends by considering thecurrent responses of the ILO, the Council of Europe and the EU to these forces for change.

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In a time of controversy over the relevance and utility of industrial action, this book outlines the case for protection of a right to strike. It argues that such a right can be viewed as civil, political and socio-economic in nature, depending upon one's conception of 'good governance' and'democratic participation' at the national lev...

Tonia Novitz graduated from University of Canterbury, New Zealand, with first class honours and was awarded the Canterbury Law Society Gold Medal in Law (1990). Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of NZ (1991). Recipient of a Dervorguilla Scholarship at Balliol College, Oxford, while reading for the BCL (1992-4). R...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:458 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.19 inPublished:March 1, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198298544

ISBN - 13:9780198298540

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1. Why Investigate Protection Of The Right To Strike?2. Reasons For Legal Protection And Restriction Of Strikes3. Inclusion Of The Right To Strike In International Instruments4. The Ability Of Supervisory Bodies To Initiate Protection Of A Right To Strike5. Jurisprudence Relating To The Scope Of The Right To Strike6. Past Sources Of Divergence And Prospects For Future Developments