Press release - 407(2009)

Commissioner: "Governments should welcome complaints about social rights"

Strasbourg, 25.05.2009- “The protection of social rights is particularly critical during times of economic crisis”, writes Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg in his most recent fortnightly Viewpoint. He welcomes the new ratifications of the revised European Social Charter by Hungary and the Slovak Republic and urges states to become parties to a special procedure for collective complaints. This procedure allows for trade unions, employers' organizations and other civil society groups to file complaints to the European Committee of Social Rights. “It has already been shown that input from such bodies have made the Charter more relevant and effective”, stresses the Commissioner.

Published fortnightly in English, French and Russian, Viewpoints can be used without prior consent, provided that the text is not modified and the original source is indicated in the following way: “Also available at the Commissioner’s website at www.commissioner.coe.int”.

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http://www.coe.int/t/commissioner/Viewpoints/previous2009_en.asp

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