Research Handbook on Labour, Business and Human Rights Law
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Research Handbook on Labour, Business and Human Rights Law

Edited by Janice R. Bellace and Beryl ter Haar

Inquisitive and diverse, this innovative Research Handbook explores the ways in which human rights apply to people at work, through national constitutional provisions, judicial decisions and the application of rights expressed in supranational instruments. Key topics include evaluation of the role of the ILO in developing and promoting internationally recognized labour rights, and the examination of the meaning of the obligation of business to respect human rights, considering the evolution from international soft law to incorporation in codes of conduct and the emerging requirement of due diligence.
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Chapter 6: Fundamental rights and Swedish labour law

Mia Rönnmar


The Swedish labour law and industrial relations system is based on self-regulation, cooperation between the social partners and autonomous collective bargaining. Organisation rates on both sides of the labour market are high, and wages and employment conditions are generally set by collective agreements. However, today labour law legislation is also frequent. This chapter aims at a discussion and analysis of fundamental rights and Swedish labour law and industrial relations. The chapter highlights the trend towards ‘constitutionalisation’ and increased importance of fundamental rights discourses, and discusses different forms of fundamental rights’ influence in Swedish labour law. Constitutional traditions and regulation in this area are analysed as well as the crucial interplay between Swedish law and international and European law, including the example of the ‘Laval case’ and freedom of association, collective bargaining and collective action.

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