Regulating Strikes in Essential Services: A Comparative 'Law in Action' Perspective
About this book:
Regulating Strikes in Essential Services offers a comparative perspective on one of the most sensitive areas of industrial relations: strike in essential services. Designing a fair, effective and acceptable regime that will reconcile public interest and the public’s need for an uninterrupted flow of essential services on the one hand, while maintaining the freedom of collective bargaining on the other, is an ever more difficult public policy challenge. This book, the first detailed analysis of existing legal and practical approaches across a spectrum of key national jurisdictions, provides a structured and insightful overview of the law and practice of regulating strikes in essential services. As such it could be of great value for public policy debate and the enhancement of national law in the field.
What’s in this book:
The editors have assembled experts from fourteen countries who describe and analyse their respective country’s experience with strikes in essential services and the legislative and judicial as well as informal approaches towards regulating and intervening in such strikes. Departing from legal theory with systematic comparative ‘law in action’ research, the contributors offer innumerable valuable insights into a broad array of issues and topics as the following:
- mechanisms aiming at compensating employees for encroaching on their collective bargaining rights;
- public accountability and responsible management of public finance;
- role of international conventions;
- effects of globalization and advances in technology;
- privatization, outsourcing and the decline of unions and workers’ solidarity;
- growing popular intolerance towards strikes in essential services;
- effect of human rights-related court decisions;
- convergence and divergence among contemporary legal regimes in defining and approaching strikes in essential services;
- dispute process design and dispute resolution processes (mediation, conciliation and arbitration); and
- substantive and procedural restrictions on the right to organize, bargain collectively and strike.
The country reports are preceded by a detailed analysis of the inherent normative policy dilemma and a conceptual framework for designing and evaluating models of regulation. The concluding chapter presents a comparative overview of the insights gained.
How this will help you:
With its in-depth discussion of the regulatory dilemma of protecting the fundamental right to strike for all employees while ensuring the uninterrupted flow of services, deemed as essential for the public, this book forms a refined and nuanced basis for further academic research. Its contextually relevant options for strategic choice and public policy debate makes this book an incomparable handbook for labour lawyers, legislators, policymakers, judicial bodies and researchers in the field of collective labour relations and fundamental human rights of workers on the national as well as international level.
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Introduction: Theory, Conceptualization and Methodology
Moti (Mordehai) Mironi
International Law on Strikes in Essential Services
Regulating Strikes in Essential Services from an International Law Perspective
Richard B. Naughton & Marilyn J. Pittard
Roberto Fragale Filho
Sylvaine Laulom & Olivier Leclerc
Monika Schlachter & Christina Hießl
Ryuichi Yamakawa & Yumiko Kuwamura
Moti (Mordehai) Mironi
Andrzej Marian Swiatkowski
Darcy du Toit, Mario Jacobs & Roger Ronnie
Christina Hießl & Monika Schlachter