The decision of the European Committee of Social Rights on the merits of the complaint European Organisation of Military Associations (EUROMIL) v. Ireland (No. 112/2014) became public on 12 February 2018.
In this case, the European Organisation of Military Associations (EUROMIL) EUROMIL requested the Committee to find a violation of Articles 5 (the right to organise) and 6 (the right to bargain collectively) of the Charter on the grounds that Ireland does not afford defence force representative associations full trade union rights, and in particular the right to join umbrella organisations such as the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (“ICTU”), the right to take part in collective bargaining over pay and the right to take collective action.
In its decision the Committee concluded:
- by 11 votes to 2, that there is a violation of Article 5 of the Charter;
- unanimously, that there is a violation of Article 6§2 of the Charter;
- by 9 votes to 4, that there is no violation of Article 6§4 of the Charter.