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The Right To Strike. A Comparative View

Edited by Bernd Waas


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Studies in Employment and Social Policy Series Volume 45

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.

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Pages 680
Last Updated 09/16/2014
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Product Line Kluwer Law International
ISBN 9789041150073
SKU 10059456-0001
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Chapter 1. The Right to Strike: A Comparative View; B. Waas

Chapter 2. Argentina; C.M. Núñez

Chapter 3. Australia; M.J. 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. Petrylaitė

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.B. Craver

Chapter 32. Uruguay; H. Fernández Brignoni