The Economic and Financial Crisis and Collective Labour Law in Europe
The economic and financial crisis that erupted several years ago has deeply impacted European society. Over time, it has become more and more obvious that policy, financial, and economic actors have adopted austerity measures as a main tool to solve the ensuing problems, and that these measures have hit social policy standards, sometimes dramatically. Recent analyses have dealt with several aspects of this issue. This book focuses on one important element: the impact on collective labor law. It adds to the debate by presenting mainly legal arguments, derived from different sources and backgrounds, examining the EU and 'Troika' measures, the economic and political background, and the sometimes dramatic consequences of austerity measures (on democracy, collective bargaining, and the right to strike). Against the framework of EU law, the relevant ILO Conventions, (Revised) European Social Charter, and the European Convention on Human Rights provisions, the non-compliance of these measures is analyzed and demonstrated. The book is also dedicated to procedural questions, and, in particular, how legal approaches may be used to challenge austerity measures.
Publication Date: 9/18/2014