European Social Charter

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

[08/02/2012] 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.

In its decision on the merits the European Committee of Social Rights considered that Belgian law does not provide guarantees for employees participating in a lawful strike within the meaning of Article 6§4 of the Revised Charter.

The Committee of Ministers takes note of the statement made by the Belgium Government on the follow-up to the decision of the European Committee of Social Rights, welcomes the announced measures and the authorities’ commitment to bring the situation into conformity with the Charter and looks forward to Belgium reporting, at the time of the submission of the next report concerning the relevant provisions of the European Social Charter, that the situation has been brought into conformity.

All case documents and decisions relative to this complaint may be found on the Collective complaint web page

Decision on the merits
Resolution Res/CM/ChS(2012)3