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The Equality trade union is asking for freedom of association in the army

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Equality refers to decisions of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) , in the cases of Matelly and Adefdromil v. France of 2 October 2014

The immediate amendment of article 58 of the Army of the Republic Law of 2016, which completely prohibits the participation of members of the Cypriot Armed Forces in guilds, was requested in a letter to the Minister of Defense by the pan-Cypriot trade union EQUALITY, indicating that this prohibition contradicts fundamental trade union rights guaranteed both at constitutional and European level.

In its announcement on the matter, EQUALITY explains that article 21 par. 2 of the Constitution of the Republic of Cyprus and article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) guarantee the right of every person to establish trade unions and participate in them for the defense of his interests and that although they allow restrictions on the exercise of the trade union freedoms of the members of the armed forces, these restrictions must be only those absolutely necessary in a democratic society for the preservation of national security, public order, etc. and proportionate to the intended purpose, without affecting the core of trade union rights.

EQUALITY refers to decisions of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), in the Matelly and Adefdromil v. France cases of 2 October 2014, in which, as the ECtHR reports, it ruled that the absolute ban on members of the French armed forces and security forces to establish or to participate in trade unions violated Article 11 of the ECHR while he also considered that the non-recognition of the right of military trade unions to judicially defend the collective interests of their members was contrary to the same article.

On EQUALITY the this jurisprudence, which also binds the Republic of Cyprus, clarifies that the complete prohibition of the freedom of association of the military exceeds the permissible limits of the restrictions, as it offends the hard core of the right of the military to establish trade unions and participate in them for the protection of workers rights, while simultaneously depriving them of the possibility of collective judicial protection.

EQUITY calls on the Government and in particular the Ministry of Defense to proceed immediately with a legislative amendment to article 58, so that the freedom of the military to establish guilds and participate in them is expressly guaranteed, with the only limitations that are absolutely necessary to ensure discipline and operational readiness.

Source: politis.com.cy

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