II SÉRIE-A — NÚMERO 53
PROPOSTA DE RESOLUÇÃO N.° 61/VII
APROVA, PARA RATIFICAÇÃO, 0 PROTOCOLO ADICIONAL À CARTA SOCIAL EUROPEIA PREVENDO UM SISTEMA DE RECLAMAÇÕES COLECTIVAS, ABERTO À ASSINATURA PELOS ESTADOS MEMBROS DO CONSELHO DA EUROPA, EM ESTRASBURGO, EM 9 DE NOVEMBRO DE 1995.
Nos termos da alínea d) do n.° 1 do artigo 200.° da Constituição, o Governo apresenta à Assembleia da República a seguinte proposta de resolução:
É aprovado, para ratificação, o Protocolo Adicional à Carta Social Europeia Prevendo Um Sistema de Reclamações Colectivas, aberto à assinatura, em Estrasburgo, em 9 de Novembro de 1995, cujas versões autênticas em língua inglesa e francesa e respectiva tradução em língua portuguesa seguem em anexo.
Visto e aprovado em Conselho de Ministros de 28 de Maio de 1997. — O Primeiro-Ministro, António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres. — Pelo Ministro da Presidência, Vitalino José Ferreira Prova Canas, Secretário de Estado da Presidência do Conselho de Ministros. — O Ministro dos Negócios Estrangeiros, Jaime José Matos da Gama. — A Ministra para a Qualificação e o Emprego, Maria João Fernandes Rodrigues.
ADDITIONAL PROTOCOL TO THE EUROPEAN SOCIAL CHARTER PROVIDING FOR A SYSTEM OF COLLECTIVE COMPLAINTS
The member States of the Council of Europe, signatories to this Protocol to the European Social Charter, opened for signature in Turin on 18 October 1961 (hereinafter referred to as «the Charter»):
Resolved to take new measures to improve the effective enforcement of the social rights guaranteed by the Charter;
Considering that this aim could be achieved in particular by the establishment of a collective complaints procedure, which, inter alia, would strengthen the participation of management and labour and of non-governmental organisations;
have agreed as follows:
The Contracting Parties to this Protocol recognise the right of the following organisations to submit complaints alleging unsatisfactory application of the Charter:
a) International organisations of employers and trade unions referred to in paragraph 2 of article 27 of the Charter;
b) Other international non-governmental organisations which have consultative status with the Council of Europe and have been put on a list established for this purpose by the Governmental Committee;
c) Representative national organisations of employers and trade unions within the jurisdiction of the Contracting Party against which they have lodged a complaint.
1 — Any Contracting State may also, when it expresses its consent to be bound by this Protocol, in accor-
dance with the provisions of article 13, or at any moment thereafter, declare that it recognises the right of any other representative national non-governmental organisation within its jurisdiction which has particular competence in the matters governed by the Charter, to lodge complaints against it.
2 — Such declarations may be made for a specific period.
3 — The declarations shall be deposited with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe who shall transmit copies thereof to the Contracting Parties and publish them.
The international non-governmental organisations and the national non-governmental organisations referred to in article 1, b), and article 2 respectively may submit complaints in accordance with the procedure prescribed by the aforesaid provisions only in respect of those matters regarding which they have been recognised as having particular competence.
The complaint shall be lodged in writing, relate to a provision of the Charter accepted by the Contracting Party concerned and indicate in what respect the latter has not ensured the satisfactory application of this provision.
Any complaint shall be addressed to the Secretary General who shall acknowledge receipt of it, notify it to the Contracting Party concerned and immediately transmit it to the Committee of Independent Experts.
The Committee of Independent Experts may request the Contracting Party concerned and the organisation which lodged the complaint to submit written information and observations on the admissibility of the complaint within such time-limit as it shall prescribe.
1 — If it decides that a complaint is admissible, the Committee of Independent Experts shall notify the Contracting Parties to the Charter through the Secretary General. It shall request the Contracting Party concerned and the organisation which lodged the complaint to submit, within such time-limit as it shall prescribe, all relevant written explanations or information, and the other Contracting Parties to this Protocol, the comments they wish to submit, within the same time-limit.
2 — If the complaint has been lodged by a national organisation of employers or a national trade union or by another national or international non-governmental organisation, the Committee of Independent Experts shall notify the international organisations of employers or trade unions referred to in paragraph 2 of article 27 of the Charter, through the Secretary General, and invite them to submit observations within such time-limit as it shall prescribe.
3 — On the basis of the explanations, information ot observations submitted under paragraphs 1 and 2 above, the Contracting Party concerned and the organisation which lodged the complaint may submit any additional