First published in 1999, this volume examines how the challenge of defining and developing an effective structure of fundamental social rights for workers has long been a focus for debate at European level. Even before the emergence of the 1989 Charter of Fundamental Social Rights of Workers, proposals were being made to incorporate 'fundamental rights' provisions into the Treaties establishing the European Communities. Consequently, when a distinguished Comité des Sages produced its 1996 report For a Europe of Civic and Social Rights, the stage was set for intensive debate as to the way forward.
Table of Contents
1. Stimulating the Debate Over Fundamental Social Rights at Work in the European Community. 2. The Report of the Comite des Sages: "For a Europe of Civic and Social Rights". 3. Social Rights Recognised in International Law, in National Constitutions and Laws, and in Community Law. 4. Security of Employment and Freedom to Dismiss. 5. Exploitation of Workers. 6. Discrimination. 7. Rights of Association (Trade Union Freedom) and Collective Bargaining. 8. Summary of Conclusions. 9. United Nations Declaration of Philadelphia (1944). 10. United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948). 11. ILO Convention No.29 Concerning Forced of Compulsory Labour (1930). 12. ILO Convention No. 87 concerning Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise (1948). 13. ILO Convention No. 98 Concerning the Application of the Principles of the Right to Organise and to Bargain Collectively (1949). 14. ILO Convention No. 100 Concerning Equal Remuneration for Men and Woman Workers for Work of Equal Value (1951). 15. ILO Convention No. 105 Concerning the Abolition of Forced Labour (1957). 16. ILO Convention No. 111 Concerning Discrimination in Respect of Employment and Occupation (1958). 17. ILO Convention No. 138 Concerning Minimum Age (1973). 18. ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and its Follow-Up (1998). 19. Council of Europe, Convention for Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (1950). 20. Council of Europe, Protocol No. 2 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Conferring Upon the European Court of Human Rights Competence to Give Advisory Opinions (1963). 21. Council of Europe, European Social Charter (Revised 1996 Version).
’...some reflections from a uniquely qualified group...it also offers an important judicial contribution to the general fundamental rights debate, as well as a timely addition to the discourse on European social policy.’ European Access ’...provides an interestingly fresh perspective on familiar themes.’ Industrial Relations Journal