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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

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

Tonia Novitz

Oxford University Press

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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