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Collective Bargaining, Discrimination, Social Security and European Integration

Edited by Roger Blanpain†


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Although nominally protected by a plethora of laws, and championed in several well-intentioned declarations and charters, today's worker often feels adrift on an uncharted sea subject to unpredictable currents that have nothing to do with the quality of his or her work.

Can we get at the root of this serious problem? We can at least determine if our existing legal systems, especially in the area of collective bargaining, discrimination, social security and European integration are able and ready to tackle the world-of-work challenges that confront us. And if they are not, we can begin to formulate a basis for new and effective labour and social security laws. This was in fact the essential impetus for the European Conference of the International Society of Labour Law and Social Security held in Stockholm in September 2002, a ground-breaking conference of which this book is the written record.

In general, the papers stress the European situation, as it is in the EU, both as it exists today and as it is likely to be in the foreseeable future, a community of twenty-five nations, that the major work challenges are felt, and that the legal debate on relevant issues is strongest and most open. However, the twenty-four distinguished authors include representatives from countries as far-flung as Belarus and Congo, Korea and Turkey, and with these contributions the analysis extends to a study of fundamental rights as they actually exist under a wide variety of labour and social security law regimes in today's world.

Collective Bargaining, Discrimination, Social Security and European Integration should not be overlooked by any policymaker or academic in the fields of labour and industrial relations law or social security law. It is one of the most detailed and current investigations we have of a situation that threatens to become a crisis in contemporary law and society.

Last Updated 06/26/2003
Update Frequency As Needed
Product Line Kluwer Law International
ISBN 9789041120106
SKU 10058908-0001
Table of Contents
    Editorial; R. Blanpain
    List of Contributors

    I. General Reports
    A. Collective Bargaining
    1. The Autonomy of Collective Agreements; N. Bruun
    2. Collective Bargaining and the Law in Central and Eastern Europe: Recent Trends and Issues; G. Casale
    B. Discrimination. EC law on Justification for Sex Discrimination in Working Life; T. K. Hervey
    C. Social Security
    1. Freedom of Movement and Transfer of Social Security Rights; A. Numhauser-Henning
    2. Analysis of Cases of Application of Community Workers; J. A. Sagardoy

    II. National Reports
    A. Belarus: The Relationship between the State and Trade Unions on the Labour Market: the Belarusian Case; Y. Kryvoi
    B. Congo: The Autonomy of the Collective Convention in the Context of Globalisation as regard to Congolese Labour Law; A. Kayembe Tabu
    C. Croatia: Collective Agreements in Croatia; I. Grigurev
    D. Czech Republic: Basic Problems of Collective Bargaining in the Czech Republic; P. Hurka
    E. Korea: The Situations and Improvement of Working Conditions of Foreign Workers in Korea; Hagchun Lee
    F. Romania: Collective Bargaining in Romania; L. E. Dima
    G. Russia: The Autonomy of Collective Agreements; Z. Gorbacheva
    H. Serbia and Montenegro: The Autonomy of the Collective Agreement in Serbia and Montenegro; S. Jasarevic
    I. South Africa: Justification of Sex Discrimination in the Workplace in South Africa; D. du Toit
    J. Spain:
    1. Equal Opportunities for Men and Women and a Balanced Distribution of Family Responsibilities: A Collective Bargaining Perspective in Spain; M. Alonso Bravo
    2. The Inclusion of the European Collective Agreement as One of the Sources of Community Social Law; L. Dueñas Herrero
    3. The Collective Agreement in the New Economic and Productive Context; E. Gonzalez-Posada Martinez
    4. Pay Discrimination and the Health Rights of Working of Working Women: Legislative Regulation versus Regulation by Collective Bargaining in Spain; A. Escudero Prieto
    5. Sexual Harassment and Collective Bargaining in Spain; A. Murcia Claveria
    6. Analysis of three Aspects of the Spanish Collective Bargaining from the Point of View of Equal Treatment for Men and Women: Access to Employment, Promotion and Training System; N. Serrano Argüello
    K. Turkey: Gender Equality in Labour Law; K. D. Yenisey
    L. Sweden: Misunderstanding the Swedish model; S. Nycander

    Proceedings of the Conference; A. Bronstein