The European Union’s Charter of Fundamental Rights proclaimed at the Nice summit on 7 December 2000 has attracted much attention. If incorporated into the Treaties, it will have an impact not only on the EU’s institutions but, even more perhaps, on the Member States, also bound by the Charter through the doctrine of supremacy of EU law.

The EU Charter includes provisions which are at the heart of labour law and industrial relations in Europe: freedom of association, right of collective bargaining and collective action, workers’ right to information and consultation within the undertaking, freedom to choose an occupation and right to engage in work, prohibition of child labour and protection of young people at work, fair and just working conditions, protection of personal data, non-discrimination, equality between men and women, and protection in the event of unjustified dismissal.

The ETUI Research Group on Transnational Trade Union Rights analysed the content and potential repercussions of the EU Charter on labour law and industrial relations, with special reference to the articles covering the aspects mentioned above. Their commentary explains in detail the potential of the EU Charter to affect labour law and industrial relations in the Member States, and at the EU level. The analysis contained in this commentary is a contribution to the work of the Convention on the Future of Europe and will be of interest to all who are concerned with the future of labour law and industrial relations in Europe.

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European Labour Law and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights

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