The European Social Charter and the Employment Relation
This collection addresses the potential of the European Social Charter to promote and safeguard social rights in Europe. Drawing on the expertise of ETUI Transnational Trade Union Rights expert network members from across Europe, it provides a comprehensive commentary on these fundamental rights. Taking a two part approach, it offers an in-depth legal analysis of the European Social Charter as a new social constitution for Europe, investigating first the potential of the general legal frame in which the Charter is embedded. In a second phase a series of social rights are examined in light of the jurisprudence of the ECSR, to demonstrate the crucial but difficult role of the Charter's supervisory bodies to secure the respect and promotion of social rights at national level, bearing in mind the reciprocal influence of other international social rights instruments. This examination is timely, given the pressure exerted on those rights during the recent period of economic crisis. Furthermore, in the light of the predominantly economic vision of Europe, such analysis is crucial. The collection will stimulate academic scrutiny and raise awareness amongst practitioners and trade unions about the necessary anchor of the social dimension of Europe in legal and political practice.
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