French military may win right of association under new draft law

19th December 2014, Comments 0 comments

After a rap on the knuckles from the European rights court over its blanket ban on military unions, Paris on Friday announced a draft law to give troops the right of association.

However full labour union rights -- such as the right to strike -- would remain off limits.

French forces are currently forbidden from joining any professional organisations, giving them no forum to express their concerns or defend their interests.

In October, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that, while there could be limits to military personnel exercising freedom of association, "a blanket ban on forming or joining a trade union encroached on the very essence of this freedom".

According to a statement from the presidency, French President Francois Hollande decided not to appeal the decision and charged his defence and interior ministers with drafting a bill that allows members of the armed forces to join professional associations "with the exclusion of any union rights."

© 2014 AFP

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