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The Right to Strike: A Comparative View

Edited by: Bernt Waas

ISBN13: 9789041150073
Published: September 2014
Publisher: Kluwer Law International
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Hardback
Price: £120.00



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The right of workers to ‘strike’ – to refuse to work pending the outcome of employer-employee negotiations concerning specified demands – is legally recognized virtually worldwide. Yet national laws on strike action vary enormously, both in terms of the extent of state regulation and of specific procedural rules.

The importance of strike law becomes obvious when taking the enormous economic and financial consequences of strikes into account. Considering how many people and businesses are affected by strike actions – particularly with the globalization of industry – the value of a comparative assessment of the right to strike becomes very clear. This book brings together 31 country chapters, each written by national experts on strike law. An introductory general chapter sheds light on similarities and outlines differences in the laws of the countries concerned.

The present volume is an outcome of the proceedings of the World Congress of the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law which took place in Santiago, Chile, in September 2012. The country reports submitted at that time have been modified and updated, and more country reports have been added. Each chapter covers the following specific topics:

  • legal definitions;
  • the legal basis of the right to strike; ;
  • the right to call a strike;
  • the right to participate in a strike;
  • lawful strikes according to their purpose;
  • procedural requirements;
  • peace obligations;
  • other limitations to strikes;
  • the public sector and ‘essential services’;
  • specific emanations of strikes and other forms of industrial action;
  • legal consequences of lawful strikes;
  • legal consequences of unlawful strikes;
  • dispute resolution;
  • support of strikers;
  • parity of parties and neutrality of the state; and
  • strikes in practice.
Because the strike law issues lawmakers, judges, and legal practitioners must address are similar no matter what the jurisdiction, it makes sense to look beyond borders to learn what solutions are being implemented in other countries. For this reason, the book is sure to prove highly useful in practice and policy contexts. As the first in-depth comparative analysis of a crucial part of labour law, it will also be indispensable to academics in the field.

Subjects:
Employment Law
Contents:
About the Authors.
List of Abbreviations.
Preface.
Acknowledgments.
Introduction.
Chapter 1. The Right to Strike: A Comparative View
B. Waas.
Chapter 2. Argentina
C. Mariano Núñez.
Chapter 3. Australia
M. Pittard, R. Naughton.
Chapter 4. Austria
F. Burger.
Chapter 5. Chile
E. Morgado Valenzuela .
Chapter 6. Colombia
C. Chapman López, M. Wilches Navarro .
Chapter 7. Czech Republic
P. Hůrka.
Chapter 8. Ecuador
F. Espinoza Huacón.
Chapter 9. Finland
J. Lamminen.
Chapter 10. France
F. Kessler.
Chapter 11. Germany
B. Waas.
Chapter 12. Greece
E. Bakirtzi.
Chapter 13. Hungary
A. Kun, E. Kajtár.
Chapter 14. Ireland
A. Kerr.
Chapter 15. Israel
H. Bar-Mor, M. Horovitz .
Chapter 16. Italy
P. Pascucci.
Chapter 17. Japan
Y. Kuwamura.
Chapter 18. Lithuania
D. Petrylaite.
Chapter 19. Malaysia
S. S. Syed Ahmad.
Chapter 20. Mexico
A. Sánchez Sánchez.
Chapter 21. Netherlands
M. Houwerzijl, W. Roozendaal.
Chapter 22. Poland
P. Grzebyk.
Chapter 23. Russian Federation
N. Lyutov.
Chapter 24. Slovenia
P. Končar.
Chapter 25. South Africa
D. du Toit .
Chapter 26. South Korea
K. T. Lee.
Chapter 27. Spain
M. Nogueira Guastavino.
Chapter 28. Sweden
J. Malmberg, C. Johansson.
Chapter 29. Turkey
T. Centel.
Chapter 30. United Kingdom
J. Prassl.
Chapter 31. United States of America
C. Craver.
Chapter 32. Uruguay
H. Fernandez Brignoni.
Bibliography.