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International and European Protection of the Right to StrikeA Comparative Study of Standards Set by the International Labour Organization, the Council of Europe and the European Union$
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Tonia Novitz

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198298540

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198298540.001.0001

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Permissible Objectives of a Strike

Permissible Objectives of a Strike

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(p.285) 12 Permissible Objectives of a Strike
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International and European Protection of the Right to Strike
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Tonia Novitz

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198298540.003.0012

This chapter examines the approaches of international and European supervisory bodies on the permissible objectives of a strike. The first is the stance taken by the European Court of Human Rights, that the exercise of the right to strike should be restricted to the aim of achieving a collective agreement. The European Committee of Social Rights (ESCR) has adhered to the Article 6 of the European Social Charter (ESC), which links the right to strike to collective bargaining. The International Labour Organization (ILO) has taken a third position, that workers are entitled to take industrial action to defend their ‘economic and social interests’.

Keywords:   strike, European Court of Human Rights, European Committee of Social Rights, ECSR, European Social Charter, ESC, right to strike, collective bargaining, International Labour Organization

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