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Alexandros Perdikes wins trade union prize with thesis on the right to strike

Published: 17th February 2020 Last updated: 28th July 2022

Alumnus Alexandros Perdikes of Tilburg Law School has won the academic Master’s thesis prize of De Burcht, the research bureau of the Dutch trade union movement, with his thesis entitled Solidarity Unionism and the Right to Strike. Perdikes completed the Master of Labor Law and Employment Relations at Tilburg Law School.

Perdikes studied ‘solidarity unionism’, a form of grass-roots trade union, dating back from the beginning of the 20th century but still existing as an alternative to established trade unions. The central question of the thesis is how different forms of ‘solidarity unionism’ in Greece, Sweden, and the United Kingdom have impacted the right to strike in these countries and any limitations of this right. His conclusion is that grass-roots trade unions, now and in the past, are thwarted by the legislator, employers, and in some cases, also by established trade unions.

According to the jury, Perdikes studied a phenomenon that is important to the trade union movement, namely, the position of grass-roots trade unions in relation to established trade unions. The thesis is an impressive, very richly variegated study, according to the jury, with a very original perspective. Moreover, Perdikes shows how valuable the contribution of international students can be from a substantive point of view. For the Dutch trade unions, the study is interesting since it can help them to better understand alternative forms of trade unionism and learn from them.

The prize was presented on Tuesday, February 11.