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Description - International and European Protection of the Right to Strike by Tonia Novitz

In a time of controversy over the relevance and utility of industrial action, this book outlines the case for protection of a right to strike. It argues that such a right can be viewed as civil, political and socio-economic in nature, depending upon one's conception of 'good governance' and 'democratic participation' at the national level. This has consequences for what is perceived to be the appropriate scope of the right and the extent of any legitimate exceptions. Critics of domestic labour legislation tend to appeal to international and European standards, chiefly those promulgated by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Council of Europe and the European Union (EU). All these organisations acknowledge the importance of a right to strike, but they differ in the manner in which the right is defined and protected. This book suggests that this is because each organisation adopts a distinctive view of the appropriate justificatory basis of this entitlement. This work also addresses current enthusiasm for reforming the governance of international and European organisations which would bolster their legitimacy. It is suggested that, despite the entrenched structures and cultural norms of each institution, such a process of reform could lead to greater consistency of standards relating to the right to strike. A crucial question for workers, in the light of these developments, is whether there will be a 'levelling up' of rights or diminishing protection for those who organise or participate in industrial action. This book ends by considering the current responses of the ILO, the Council of Europe and the EU to these forces for change.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780198298540
ISBN-10: 0198298544
Format: Hardback
(241mm x 163mm x 30mm)
Pages: 458
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 13-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Tonia Novitz

Tonia Novitz graduated from University of Canterbury, New Zealand, with first class honours and was awarded the Canterbury Law Society Gold Medal in Law (1990). Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of NZ (1991). Recipient of a Dervorguilla Scholarship at Balliol College, Oxford, while reading for the BCL (1992-4). Recipient of a Kulkes Grant from Balliol College, Oxford, while commencing work on the DPhil from (1994 -6). Lecturer in Law at University of Bristol (1996- present). Teaching interests include Employment Law, European Social Policy, International Human Rights and Jurisprudence. Visiting fellow at the International Institute for Labour Studies, attached to the International Labour Organisation in Geneva (1999). Jean Monnet Fellow and subsequently Marie Curie Fellow in the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute, Florence (2001-2).

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