The Charter protects rights such as to work, to just conditions of work, to safe and healthy working conditions, to freedom of association, to social security, to benefit from social welfare services etc.
Member-states that have ratified the charter must submit reports every two years concerning the implementation of the articles of the Charter in their legal systems. The implementation is supervised by the Committee of Social Rights, composed of the representatives of the Ministers Committee and by the Intergovernmental Committee, which prepares the Ministers Committee decisions. Finally the Council of Europe Ministers Committee makes recommendations to member countries that are not in compliance with the Charter's requirements.
The European Social Charter was the first international document to recognise the right to strike.