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Related to social chapter: Maastricht Treaty
social chapterthe EUROPEAN UNION (EU) protocol which established (under the MAASTRICHT TREATY 1991) a set of basic rights at work throughout the EU. These include the right to join a TRADE UNION, the right to take INDUSTRIAL ACTION, the right to equal treatment for men and women (including equal pay) and various provisions relating to collective REDUNDANCIES.
Initially, the UK refused to sign up to the social chapter regarding these as matters for SUBSIDIARITY. However, this stance was reversed in 1997 when the UK signed the AMSTERDAM TREATY, including also the adoption of the WORKING TIME DIRECTIVE and other Directives relating to the employment of young workers and part-time workers, parental leave and worker consultation.