The Right to Strike Struck Down?

An Analysis of Recent Trends by Edlira Xhafa

The right to strike is under attack. Workers and their unions are fighting on various fronts to obtain, exercise and defend their right to strike. Suspension and prohibition of strikes, acts of interference and sanctions related to strikes are being reported in a growing number of countries. At the international level as well, the right to strike has been coming under increasing pressure.

This reached a new peak at the 2012 International Labour Conference (ILC), at which the Employers’ Group challenged the existence of an internationally recognised right to strike protected by ILO Convention No. 87 and questioned the most authoritative international mechanism for bringing violations of the right to strike to the attention of a global audience.

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