ECtHR: Workers Have Right to Celebrate May Day

The ECtHR has announced its verdict on the case of Güler, who was given an official warning for being absent from his job after attending the May Day celebrations. Turkey has been found guilty of violating the freedom of assembly and association.

Sadrettin Güler, a member of the Confederation of Public Laborers’ Unions (KESK), attended the May Day celebrations on May 1, 2008. Güler was previously informed that in case he attended the celebrations and was absent from his job, a disciplinary investigation would be launched.

After attending the celebrations with the KESK, Güler was given an official warning as part of the investigation opened after his absence on May 1. His objections to the warning were also rejected.

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About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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