Turkey - Court calls strike ban violation of fundamental right - August 31, 2018

The Constitutional Court ruled that the cabinet decree banning the United Metalworkers’ Union (Birleşik Metal-İş) decision to strike in 2015 is a clear violation of the trade union rights enshrined in the constitution, and that national security was invoked arbitrarily. The Court also ruled the government to pay compensation to Birleşik Metal-İş. The union took the case to the Constitutional Court, after administrative courts and the Council of State did not accept its appeal. According to the country's Constitution, after all ordinary legal remedies are exhausted, ‘everyone may apply to the Constitutional Court on the grounds that one of the fundamental rights and freedoms within the scope of the European Convention on Human Rights which are guaranteed by the Constitution has been violated by public authorities’.

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