Multi-level Disputes relating to Freedom of Association and the Right to Strike: Transnational Systems, Actors and Resources

Tonia A Novitz*

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Abstract

This article examines disputes regarding the connection between freedom of association and the right to strike, occurring at multiple levels, within international, regional and national legal orders. It focuses on the period from 2007 – 2019, when a challenge was made to norms long-established at the International Labour Organisations (ILO) that was subsequently continued in European and national court proceedings. These events raised the potential for normative fragmentation and conflict between legal systems. This article interrogates the roles played by two key actors in these processes: the International Organization of Employers (IOE) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). Drawing on sociological insights into collective action offered by Offe and Wiesenthal, transposed to the transnational level, an analysis is offered of the power dynamics that motivated IOE attempts to alter the content and influence of ILO norms, alongside the scope for ITUC resistance, given its resources.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)471 – 494
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Comparative Labour Law
Volume36
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2020

Structured keywords

  • Perspectives on Work
  • LAW Centre for Law at Work
  • LAW Centre for Global Law and Innovation

Keywords

  • Freedom of association
  • right to strike
  • transnational
  • International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • Council of Europe
  • European Union (EU)
  • fragmentation
  • systems
  • communication
  • power

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