The European Lawyers Network for Workers aims to unite lawyers and legal academics committed to work for trade unions and workers across Europe. It was founded in 2013 and has members in Belgium, England, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey. It cooperates with many trade unions in Europe, with the ETUC and the ETUI.
The objective of the Network is to support workers, workers representatives (for example works councils) and trade unions in advancing their interests. The Network promotes the transfer of knowledge among its members especially with regard to labour law in the European Union.
With this in mind, this website represents an opportunity to share information on trade unions’ strategies and on courts’ decisions on both traditional labour law issues and on the so-called “new” forms of work”.
Similarly, the Network wishes to draw attention to developments in national and EU labour law which affect the protection of workers.
Moreover, the Network periodically organises international conferences with the intention to define the state of labour law, identifying best practices, and sharing expertise.
The members of the Network consider their work as a contribution to the promotion of the rights of workers, worker representatives and trade unions.
The members of the Network, in their legal practices, mainly represent workers, worker representatives and trade unions. The representation of employers is an exception.
Practising lawyers, joint practices/partnerships of practising lawyers are eligible to be members. Non-practising lawyers may be eligible as well. Organisations other than partnerships of practising lawyers are not eligible to be members.