European Social Charter
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accept as the aim of their policy, to be pursued by all appropriate means both national
and international in character, the attainment of conditions in which the following rights
and principles may be effectively realised:
1.Everyone shall have the opportunity to earn his living in an occupation freely
2.All workers have the right to just conditions of work.
3.All workers have the right to safe and healthy working conditions.
4.All workers have the right to a fair remuneration sufficient for a decent standard of
living for themselves and their families.
5.All workers and employers have the right to freedom of association in national or
international organisations for the protection of their economic and social interests.
6.All workers and employers have the right to bargain collectively.
7.Children and young persons have the right to a special protection against the physical
and moral hazards to which they are exposed.
8.Employed women, in case of maternity, have the right to a special protection.
9.Everyone has the right to appropriate facilities for vocational guidance with a view to
helping him choose an occupation suited to his personal aptitude and interests.
10.Everyone has the right to appropriate facilities for vocational training.
11.Everyone has the right to benefit from any measures enabling him to enjoy the highest
possible standard of health attainable.
12.All workers and their dependents have the right to social security.
13.Anyone without adequate resources has the right to social and medical assistance.
14.Everyone has the right to benefit from social welfare services.
15.Disabled persons have the right to independence, social integration and participation
in the life of the community.
16.The family as a fundamental unit of society has the right to appropriate social, legal
and economic protection to ensure its full development.
17.Children and young persons have the right to appropriate social, legal and economic
18.The nationals of any one of the Parties have the right to engage in any gainful
occupation in the territory of any one of the others on a footing of equality with the
nationals of the latter, subject to restrictions based on cogent economic or social
19.Migrant workers who are nationals of a Party and their families have the right to
protection and assistance in the territory of any other Party.
20.All workers have the right to equal opportunities and equal treatment in matters of
employment and occupation without discrimination on the grounds of sex.
21.Workers have the right to be informed and to be consulted within the undertaking.
22.Workers have the right to take part in the determination and improvement of the working
conditions and working environment in the undertaking.
23.Every elderly person has the right to social protection.
24.All workers have the right to protection in cases of termination of employment.
25.All workers have the right to protection of their claims in the event of the insolvency
of their employer.
26.All workers have the right to dignity at work.
27.All persons with family responsibilities and who are engaged or wish to engage in
employment have a right to do so without being subject to discrimination and as far as
possible without conflict between their employment and family responsibilities.
28.Workers' representatives in undertakings have the right to protection against acts
prejudicial to them and should be afforded appropriate facilities to carry out their
29.All workers have the right to be informed and consulted in collective redundancy
30.Everyone has the right to protection against poverty and social exclusion.
31.Everyone has the right to housing.