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Unlike in Britain, solidarity strikes are legal in most (but not all) EU member-states. However, where solidarity strikes are legal, they are legal only if they meet the criteria laid down in legislation or by caselaw.
In some states, such as Belgium, Greece and Denmark, solidarity strikes in support of workers abroad can be legal as well. In Finland, Hungary and Sweden it is actually more straightforward to take part in a solidarity strike than in an ‘ordinary’ strike.
In Portugal the constitution not only guarantees the right to strike but also goes on to state: “Workers shall be entitled to decide what interests are to be protected by means of strikes. The sphere of such interests shall not be restricted by laws.”