OxHRH Webinar: The right to strike: a menace to hardworking people or fundamental human right? Prof Alan Bogg (Oxford University)

by | Jun 3, 2015


Thank you to everyone who participated in the live webinar.  For those who weren’t able to join us, you can now watch the vodcast here.


The OxHRH, with the support of the Bertha Foundation, is pleased to continue its  interactive and real-time webinar series in 2015.

The second webinar will be from Professor Alan Bogg (Dean of Graduate Studies (Research), Oxford University) on: the right to strike: a menace to hardworking people or fundamental human right?

The prospect of strike action rouses strong feelings in public debate. For governments and the right-wing media, strike action is easily portrayed as a selfish attack on the interests of hardworking people affected by the strike. For trade unions, the right to strike is increasingly presented as a fundamental human right. Recent jurisprudence in the European Court of Human Rights and the Supreme Court of Canada has characterised the right to strike as an aspect of the human right to freedom of association. Certainly, the right to strike is an unusual right – an ugly right even – as it involves the intentional infliction of economic damage on another party. This presentation will consider recent jurisprudence on the right to strike, in order to assess its standing as a fundamental human right warranting constitutional protection.

The webinar is unique in that it will allow academics, students, policy-makers from all over the world to participate in the OxHRH seminars. Participants will be able to listen to Professor Bogg and interact with the power-point slides. This will be a truly interactive webinar where participants will be asked throughout the seminar to provide their opinion on key aspects of a right to strike which will then be included in the seminar. Following the seminar, there will be a questions and answer session.


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