“For over a decade, the interpretation of Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) by its supervisory body, namely, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), has been a source of intense feelings for advocates of labor rights. In some of the Court’s rulings, such as in the case of Demir and Baykara v. Turkey case, these feelings have taken the form of joy and optimism, while in other cases, like in the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers v UK judgment (‘RMT’ case) , they have unfolded as disappointment and indignation. Importantly, there are also some judgments that have generated a ‘mixture of feelings’, where there is an impression that the Court gives with the one hand and reaches with the other. As I argue in this dispatch, the recent decision of the ECtHR in the socalled Holship case leans towards the latter situation, albeit a glimpse of hope can be said to remain at the end. ”