The right to strike - country factsheets

The right to strike varies considerably across Europe, often with specific rules and restrictions imposed on public service workers. The European Trade Union Institute has produced 35 country factsheets that explain the latest legal situation.

Each factsheet sets out the main legal basis for the right to strike, indicating which international standards the country has signed up to. It then runs through the main rules covering:

  • who has the right to call a strike,
  • definition of a strike,
  • who may participate in a strike,
  • procedural requirements, and
  • legal consequences of participating in a strike.

The factsheet then looks at the case law of international and European bodies, including in particular the International Labour Organisation and Council of Europe.

  1. Albania

  2. Austria

  3. Belgium

  4. Bulgaria

  5. Croatia

  6. Cyprus

  7. Czech Republic

  8. Denmark

  9. Estonia

  10. Finland

  11. France

  12. Germany

  13. Greece

  14. Hungary

  15. Iceland

  16. Ireland

  17. Italy

  18. Latvia

  19. Lithuania

  20. Luxembourg

  21. Malta

  22. Montenegro

  23. Netherlands

  24. North Macedonia

  25. Norway

  26. Poland

  27. Portugal

  28. Romania

  29. Serbia

  30. Slovakia

  31. Slovenia

  32. Spain

  33. Sweden

  34. Turkey

  35. U.K.

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