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Missing in action: The Right to Strike in the Post-Communist new Member States - An Absent EU competence
University of Glasgow, UK.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1933-3847
University of Vilnius, Lithuania.
2006 (English)In: International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations, ISSN 0952-617X, Vol. 22, no 4, 439-467 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper explores a neglected aspect of legislative reform, the right to strike, in the post-communist new EU Member States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. It suggests a tension, on the one hand, between the endorsement of free collective bargaining as integral to post-communist democratic transformation, and on the other hand, domestic exigencies, as perceived by business and political elites, for social peace and the necessary disempowerment of labour as an independent actor. During the past decade and a half of capitalist transformation there has been ambivalence about the desirable scope of the exercise of the right to strike. It is paradoxical in this area of collective labour relations, reflecting most precisely the balance of power between labour and capital, that the European Union lacks legislative competence, despite the declared endorsement of the fundamental right to withdraw labour.

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Hague, The Netherlands: Kluwer Law International, 2006. Vol. 22, no 4, 439-467 p.
Keyword [en]
Right to Strike, Baltic new EU Member States, post-communism
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Law and Society
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-77466OAI: diva2:527242
Available from: 2012-05-18 Created: 2012-05-18 Last updated: 2014-10-08

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