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Labour Law and Social Progress: Holding the Line or Shifting the Boundaries?

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Edited by: Roger Blanpain, Frank Hendrickx, D. du Toit

ISBN13: 9789041167477
Published: April 2016
Publisher: Kluwer Law International
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Hardback
Price: £109.00

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Labour Law and Social Progress: Holding the Line or Shifting the Boundaries? is a collection of incisive essays that focus on the emerging global paradigm shift in labour and employment relations. For forty years the international watchword has been deregulation of labour law and of social security. Now, however, the rise in unemployment and lack of employment security, the dizzying inequality gulf, and the environmental disasters and mass migrations caused by this deregulation are generating an impetus that defines social justice no longer merely in terms of the equitable distribution of resources but also – and often primarily – in terms of the just recognition of persons. This book recognizes that the growing interdependence among people demands that labour rights are understood as an aspect of human rights, and thus envisaged at international level. This volume of BCLR is based on a selection of papers presented at the 21st World Congress of the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law in Cape Town in 2015.

What’s in this book:

Contributions by twenty-one outstanding labour law scholars from a range of countries worldwide provide in-depth analysis of such aspects of the debate as the following: ;

  • collective action in the interests of market effectiveness as well as fair outcomes for workers;
  • right to strike;
  • resilience of trade unions and collective bargaining as mechanisms of labour market regulation;
  • importance of national policy, despite the influence of global market forces, in shaping national outcomes;
  • work as the locus of the relationship between humans and nature;
  • search for a legal foundation for corporate social responsibility;
  • litigation as an alternative to collective bargaining;
  • the role of collective labour relations for immigrants and disabled people;
  • lessons that developed countries could learn from mechanisms pioneered in developing countries in coping with conditions of austerity; and
  • the trap of soft law and of declarations of intent that weigh lightly in the face of the power of the interests at play in international trade. The essays take stock of the dimensions of the current situation and explore paths leading to a better achievement of social justice in labour law.

How this will help you:

This book enables practitioners to gain a keen awareness of new and emerging issues in labour law from an international perspective. The essays presented provide an insight that economic development and the pursuit of social justice are inter-woven in a quest for social progress that includes mechanisms designed to eliminate unjustifiable inequality. For lawyers and other parties committed to the emerging political will not only to respect fundamental rights, but also to broadly improve labour and environmental protection, this book provides abundant choices that can be pursued in practice and in policy.

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Employment Law, Law and Society
Notes on Contributors
CHAPTER 1 What International Social Justice in the Twenty-First Century?
Alain Supiot
CHAPTER 2 The Contribution of Labour Law to Economic Development and Growth
Simon Deakin
CHAPTER 3 Collective Bargaining … and Beyond: Debates, Problems and Alternatives for Worker Protection
Graciela Bensusán
CHAPTER 4 Challenging the Borders of Labour Rights
Judy Fudge
CHAPTER 5 Decolonizing Labour Law: A Few Comments
Adelle Blackett
CHAPTER 6 Labour in a Borderless Market
Isabelle Vacarie
CHAPTER 7 Asymmetries, Adversity and Labour Rights: Thoughts from a Developing Region
Emma Fergus & Thierry Galani Tiemeni
CHAPTER 8 The Future of Labour Law in a Globalized or Regionalized World
Paul Smit
CHAPTER 9 The Challenges for Labour Law and Social Security Systems at the Labour-Social Security Interface
Keith Puttick
CHAPTER 10 Transformation and Functional Evolution of Collective Bargaining
Stefano Bellomo
CHAPTER 11 Litigation as an Alternative to Collective Bargaining
Graeme Colgan
CHAPTER 12 Atypical Employment in the European Aviation Sector
Yves Jorens, Dirk Gillis & Lien Valcke
CHAPTER 13 The Reunification of the World of Work: The Role of Collective Labour Relations for Immigrants and Disabled People
Carla Spinelli & Monica McBritton
CHAPTER 14 The Right to Strike in the Public Sector: A Catch 22 between Fundamental Right and Fundamental Prohibition – The Cases of Denmark and Germany with Some Comparative Belgian and Dutch Elements
Alexander de Becker
CHAPTER 15 Recognition of the Right to Strike (Terms and Conditions Apply)
D’Arcy du Toit
CHAPTER 16 Determining the Scope of Freedom of Association with regard to Right to Strike
Gaye Burcu Yildiz