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The Transnational Trade Union Rights Experts Network (TTUR)

Building bridges between academia and the trade union movement


The Transnational Trade Union Rights Experts’ Network addresses this journalistic version of the Manifesto to a large range of newspapers in Europe in the context of the European Parliament Elections. The Network urges European Union leaders to respect fundamental social rights in their anti-crisis policies and calls upon European citizens to make their voice heard in the forthcoming elections.

More than 590 social and labour lawyers sign manifesto urging the EU to respect and promote fundamental social rights in respect of all crisis-related measures

Social dialogue and traditional labour law are increasingly subject to radical pressure at both national and EU level through anti-crisis measures. A comprehensive overview of how the Eurozone crisis is being used to deregulate existing labour laws and undermine collective bargaining systems in most European countries can be found in the recent publication ‘The crisis and national labour law reforms: a mapping exercise published by the ETUI (with regular country-by-country updates).

The ILO Committee of Freedom of Association as well as the European Committee of Social Rights of the Council of Europe have respectively found violations of fundamental social rights in austerity measures taken in Greece over the last two years within the framework of the international loan mechanism agreed upon with the Troika composed of the European Commission, the ECB and the IMF.

These international and European signals of disapproval of the European Union’s anti-social policies are of the utmost importance. Mobilisation in Europe should accompany such strong signals and, in particular, grave concern should be expressed about the austerity measures taken and their consequences.

Members of the Transnational Trade Union Rights Experts Network (TTUR) therefore drafted a Manifesto with the intention of raising awareness about these developments and call upon the European Union to respect and promote fundamental social rights particularly as regards crisis-related measures. They have organised this forum/platform for other European labour and social academic experts to join and voice their deep concerns and disagreement.

Number of signatories up to today: 595


What is the TTUR?

The Transnational Trade Union Rights Experts Network (TTUR) is a network consisting of nine leading European labour law experts – Niklas Bruun (Stockholm and Helsinki Universities), Klaus Lörcher (former legal secretary at the European Union Civil Service Tribunal), Thomas Blanke (Oldenburg University), Simon Deakin (Cambridge University), Filip Dorssemont (Université Catholique de Louvain), Antoine Jacobs (Tilburg University), Csilla Kollonay-Lehoczky (Eötvös Loránd University and Central European University, Budapest), Mélanie Schmitt (University of Strasbourg), Bruno Veneziani (University of Bari), Aristea Koukiadaki (University of Manchester) – and coordinated by Isabelle Schömann (ETUI).

Recent publications of TTUR members include a critical analysis of the social dimension of the Lisbon Treaty Lisbon Treaty and Social Europe (Hart Publishing, 2011), Labour Law and Social Europe Selected writings of Brian Bercusson (ETUI, Brussels, 2009) – a tribute to the late Professor Brian Bercusson, a founding member of the TTUR – and European Labour Law and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (Baden-Baden, Nomos, 2006).

Forthcoming TTUR publications will include The European Convention of Human Rights and the employment relationship (Hart Publishing, 2013), a volume which explores the potential of the ECHR as interpreted in accordance with the methodology developed in the Grand Chamber judgement of the European Court on Human Rights (ECtHR) Demir and Baykar, as well as the impact of the EU’s accession to the ECHR. A book entitled Economic and financial crisis and collective labour law in Europe, to be published in 2013 or 2014, will contain a critical analysis of the responses of international and European institutions to the 2008-2013 crisis in terms of deregulation of collective labour law in the European member states, and will look also at litigation alternatives.


The Manifesto: EU labour lawyers speak out against austerity policies

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