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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Right to Work

Gautam Bhatia, Jimena Suarez Ibarrola

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 15 July 2024

Comparative constitutional law — Labour rights — Right to work — Right to economic activities — Individual rights

General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum
Managing Editor: Martina Mantovani

1 Historically, the phrase ‘the right to work’ has been invoked to refer to a panoply of rights associated with labour. It is sometimes used, for example, to discuss associative rights, such as the right to form trade unions. It is also used to refer to rights at work, such as the right to a minimum wage, the right to safe working conditions, the right against unfair dismissal, etc (labour rights). In this entry, however, we shall construe the term in its literal sense, meaning (broadly) a right to have or access remunerated employment. As we shall see, this term...
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