European Social Charter

Collective Complaints 2012

03/12/2012 On 28 November 2012 the Committee of Ministers adopted  Resolution CM Res ChS (2012) 6 following the decision on the merits in the case decision on the merits in the case Syndicat de Défense de fonctionnaires v. France, Complaint No. 73/2011, noting that the European Committee of Social Rights unanimously concluded that Articles 2§6, 20 and E are not applicable and that there is no violation of Articles 12 and 1§2 of the Revised Charter. Following the adoption of this resolution the decision on the merits for the complaint Syndicat de Défense de fonctionnaires v. France, Complaint No. 73/2011, became public.
07/11/2012 [07/11/2012]  The European Committee of Social Rights adopted the decision on admissibility  with regard to the complaint International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network (IPPF EN) v. Italy, No. 87/2012, at its last session on 22 October 2012.  (more informationComplaint No. 87/2012  
19/10/2012 [19/10/2012]   The decisions on the merits for Complaints Nos. 65 and 66, both lodged by the complainant trade unions GENOP-DEI and ADEDY against Greece have become public today. These decisions are the first the Committee has taken in this context.. Further decisions on social rights restrictions due to the economic crisis in Greece will be taken by the Committee in the framework of the examination of Complaints Nos.76/2012, 77/2012, 78/2012, 79/2012 and 80/2012.
- In the case GENOP-DEI and ADEDY v. Grece, Complaint No. 65/2011, the complainant trade unions allege that the situation in Greece is not in conformity with Article 4 (right to a fair remuneration) of the 1961 Charter and with Article 3 of the Additional Protocol of 1988 (right to take part in the determination and improvement of the working conditions and working environment). (more informationDecision on the merits Summary
- In the case GENOP-DEI and ADEDY v. Grece
, Complaint No. 66/2011, the complainant trade unions allege that the situation in Greece is not in conformity with Articles 1 (right to work), 4 (right to a fair remuneration), 7 (the right of children and young persons to protection), 10 (right to vocational training), and 12 (right to social security) of the European Social Charter. (more information)    Decision on the merits Summary  Greek factsheet Press File
10/10/2012 Following the decision on the merits of the European Committee on Social Rights in which the Committee ruled that the right to strike is restricted in several sectors of the Bulgarian economy in a manner that is not in conformity with the Social Charter, in the case  Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB), Confederation of Labour “Podkrepa” (CL” Podkrepa”) and European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) v. Bulgaria, Complaint No. 32/2005, the Committee of Ministers has adopted Resolution Res/CM/ChS(2012)4 on 10 October 2012. The Committee of Ministers takes note of the Government's statement and the information it has communicated on the follow-up to the decision of the European Committee of Social Rights and welcomes the measures already taken by the Bulgarian authorities and their commitment to bring the situation into conformity with the Charter.
04/10/2012 The European Committee of Social Rights adopted a decision on admissibility with regard to the case European Action of the Disabled (AEH) v. France, Complaint No. 81/2012, at its last session on 12 September 2012. This complaint concerns the problems regarding access of autistic children and adolescents to education, and access of autistic young adults to vocational training. (more information)
18/09/2012 - European Federation of National Organisations working with the Homeless (FEANTSA) v.The Netherlands, Complaint No. 86/2012, concerns the situation of the homeless. (more information)
- International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network (IPPF EN) v. Italy, Complaint No. 87/2012, concerns the conscientious objection of medical practitioners in relation to the termination of pregnancy. (more information)
31/07/2012 The decision on the merits of the European Committee of Social Rights with regard to FIDH v. Belgium is public
[31/07/2012] The decision on the merits of the European Committee of Social Rights with regard to the International Federation of Human Rights ( FIDH ) v. Belgium, Complaint No. 62/2010 became public today. In this case  FIDH alleges a violation of rights related to housing for Travellers under the European Social Charter. (more information) 
18/07/2012 Three new complaints lodged before the European Committee of Social Rights
[18/07/2012] - European Confederation of Police (EUROCOP) v. Ireland, Complaint No. 83/2012, concerns trade union rights (more information)
- Union syndicale des magistrats administratifs (USMA) v. France, Complaint No. 84/2012, concerns the right to increased rate of remuneration for overtime work (more information)
- Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO) and Swedish Confederation of Professional Employees (TCO) v. Sweden, Complaint No. 85/2012, concerns freedom of association and the right to bargain collectively (more information)
8/06/2012 The decision on the merits in the case "Forum européen des Roms et des Gens du Voyage" v. France, is public
[08/06/2012] The decision on the merits of the European Committee on Social Rights in the case «European Roma and Travellers Forum (FERV) v. France », Complaint No. 64/2011, became public on 4 June 2012. (more information)
08/06/2012 Six decisions on admissibility have been adopted
The European Committee of Social Rights adopted six decisions on admissibility with regard to the following cases at its last session on 23 May 2012 :
- Fellesforbundet for Sjøfolk (FFFS) v. Norway, No. 74/2011, decision on admissibility
- Federation of Employed Pensioners of Greece (IKA–ETAM) v. Greece, No. 76/2012, decision on admissibility,
- Panhellenic Federation of Public Service Pensioners (POPS) v. Greece, No. 77/2012, decision on admissibility,
- Pensioners’ Union of the Athens-Piraeus Electric Railways (I.S.A.P.) v. Greece, Complaint No. 78/2012 decision on admissibility,
- Panhellenic Federation of Pensioners of the Public Electricity Corporation (POS-DEI) v. Greece, No. 79/2012 decision on admissibility,
- Pensioner’s Union of the Agricultural Bank of Greece (ATE) v. Greece, No. 80/2012, decision on admissibility.  
11/05/2012 Two complaints are registered against France
The case Action européenne des handicapés (AEH) v. France, Complaint No. 81/2012, concerns the problems regarding access of autistic children and adolescents to education and access of young adults with autism to vocational training.
The case Comité européen d'action spécialisée pour l'Enfant et la Famille dans leur milieu de vie (EUROCEF) v. France, Complaint no. 82/2012, concerns suspension of family allowances in cases of truancy.
10/04/2012 The European Committee of Social Rights adopted a decision on admissibility with regard to the case International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) v. Belgium, (Complaint No. 75/2011) at its last session on 22 March 2012. The decision is now available on line. (more information)
04/04/2012 The Committee of Ministers adopts a resolution with regard to Complaint No. 59/2009 concerning the restrictions on the activity of strike pickets in Belgium
Further to the decision on the merits of the European Committee of Social Rights adopted on 13 September 2011 with regard to the case European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), Centrale Générale des Syndicats Libéraux de Belgique (CGSLB), Confédération des Syndicats chrétiens de Belgique (CSC) and Fédération Générale du Travail de Belgique (FGTB) v. Belgium (Complaint No. 59/2009), the Committee of Ministers adopted Resolution Res/CM/ChS(2012)3 on 4 April 2012. (more information)
04/04/2012 Luis Jimena Quesada pays tribute to the Czech Republic’s ratification of the Additional Protocol providing for a system of collective complaints
[04/04/2012] Luis Jimena Quesada, President of the European Committee of Social Rights noted with satisfaction that the Czech Republic has made a major step forward in safeguarding and promoting social rights by accepting to be bound by the 1995 Additional Protocol providing for a system of collective complaints. (more information) Interview with Mr Jimena Quesada on the ratification  
04/04/2012 Deposit of the instrument of ratification for the Collective Complaint Protocol by the Ambassador of the Czech Republic, 4 April 2012The Czech Republic ratifies the Additional Protocol providing a system of collective complaints
Ambassador Tomáš Boček, Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic, transmitted the instrument of ratification of the Additional Protocol providing for a system of collective complaints to Mrs Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, today. This instrument will enter into force on 1 June 2012. Czech Republic is the 15th State Party to the Charter to accept to be bound by the collective complaints procedure.
5/03/2012 The decision on the merits of the European Committee of Social Rights with regard to the case European Council of Police Trade Unions (CESP) v. Portugal , Complaint No. 60/2010, became public today. This case concerns remuneration for overtime work performed by police officers in the Portuguese criminal police force. (more information)
8/2/2012 In its decision on the merits with regard to the case European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), Centrale Générale des Syndicats Libéraux de Belgique (CGSLB), Confédération des Syndicats chrétiens de Belgique (CSC) and Fédération Générale du Travail de Belgique (FGTB) v. Belgium, No. 59/2009, which became public today, the European Committee  rules that Belgium is not in conformity with Article 6§4 (right to strike) of the Revised Charter (more information) Summary of Complaint No. 59/2009 Press File
26/01/2012 Pensioner’s Union of the Agricultural Bank of Greece (ATE), Complaint No. 80/2012
26/01/2012 Panhellenic Federation of pensioners of the public electricity corporation (POS-DEI), Complaint No. 79/2012
26/01/2012 Pensioners’ Union of the Athens-Piraeus Electric Railways (I.S.A.P.), Complaint No. 78/2012
26/01/2012 Panhellenic Federation of Public Service Pensioners, Complaint No. 77/2012
26/01/2012 Federation of employed pensioners of Greece (IKA –ETAM), Complaint No. 76/2012
15/01/2012 Syndicat de Défense des Fonctionnaires v. France, Complaint No. 73/2011 concerning the situation of so-called " redeployed” civil servants, employed by France Télécom and La Poste, who have remained at the grades of the former Post and Telecommunications service. (more) Decision on admissibility 
15/01/2012 International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) v. Greece, Complaint No. 72/2011 which concerns the effects of massive environmental pollution on the health of persons living near the Asopos river and the industrial area of Inofyta, located 50 km north of Athens. (more) Decision on admissibility 
15/01/2012 Association of Care Giving Relatives and Friends v. Finland, Complaint no. 71/2011, concerning the cost of caring for the elderly in municipal nursing homes.(more Decision on admissibility
15/01/2012 Association of Care Giving Relatives and Friends c.Finlande, Réclamation° 70/2011, concernant l'aide financière aux parents et amis soignants en Finlande (plus d'informations) Décision sur la recevabilité
15/01/2012 Defence for Children - International (DCI) v. Belgium, Complaint no. 69/2011
concerning foreign children living accompanied or not, as either illegal residents or asylum seekers in Belgium, currently alleged to be excluded from social assistance (more) Decision on admissibility
06/01/2012 International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) has lodged a complaint against Belgium, registered on 13 December 2011 under number 75/2011, concerning the situation of highly dependent adults with disabilities. (more information) Complaint No. 75/2011