The rights of workers, migrant workers and trade unions under the european convention on human rights

Paulo Pinto de Albuquerque*

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Abstract

The European Court of Human Rights (hereafter: ‘the Court’) has contributed immensely to the protection of social rights in general, and labour rights in particular. I would like to highlight four specific areas which demonstrate the richness of the case law in this area. I will firstly expand on individual issues connected to general worker’s rights, by covering unfair dismissal, rights to private and family life, freedom of religion and freedom of expression. Next, I will discuss the strengthening of migrant workers’ rights through the Convention. Thirdly, I will turn to trade union rights in relation to the freedom of association. Finally, mirroring the economic landscape of the past decade, I will utilize case law to demonstrate how austerity measures can impact human rights, and how the Court has responded to this critical issue.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-143
Number of pages17
JournalEuropean human rights law review
Volume2022
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • European Court of Human Rights
  • Freedom of association
  • Freedom of expression
  • Freedom of thought conscience and religion
  • Human rights
  • Migrants workers
  • Resource constraints
  • Right to respect for private and family life
  • Trade unions
  • Workers

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