CNVI Trade Union Freedom Guide

By March 17, 2013Guide, Social dialogue

The right to organise in trade unions is a fundamental labour and human right. Unfortunately, in many countries, workers attempt many barriers to organizing.

It is not difficult to establish a trade union in the Netherlands. The Dutch constitution recognizes the right to association and assembly since 1848. It is Article 9 of the current constitution. In addition, in the Netherlands there are no rules that hinder the establishment of a trade union, or the execution of trade union activities. Unfortunately, in many other countries it is much harder to establish a trade union or perform union-related activities. Establishing independent trade unions, for example, in such countries is not allowed, or the initiators are unable to register themselves. There are a great many reasons for this, from political to cultural, and everything in between.