Trade Union rights project - Defending and strengthening trade union rights across the public services

Many of our members face restrictions on the right to organise, negotiate and take strike action. In some countries the limitations or complete bans impact particularly on uniformed staff – not just the military and police but also firefighters, prison staff and even emergency service workers. However, they may also affect other workers such as civil servants and workers in energy and water services.

This issue has moved up the agenda within the European Union with the transposition of the Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions Directive. A last-minute change to the directive gives Member States the possibility to exclude certain categories of worker (civil servants, public emergency services, armed and police forces) from coverage of parts of the legislation. However, it is also a matter of major concern in many countries outside of the EU.