Comments by LO, TCO and Saco on new EU proposals

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Comments by LO, TCO and Saco concerning the new EU proposals on the right to strike and posting of workers
In an attempt to deal with the problems created by the European Court of Justice rulings in the Laval case and other similar cases, the European Commission recently presented two proposals for new EU legislation. In a joint letter to the Swedish Parliament, LO, TCO and Saco present an analysis of the reasons why the proposals should not be supported.

One of the proposals is a Regulation, known as the Monti II Regulation, on how to assign priorities between workers’ right to strike and companies’ right to freedom of movement of services. But instead of strengthening fundamental trade union rights, the proposal would in practice signify a codification of the criticised case law of the European Court of Justice.

The Swedish central trade union organisations also believe that the proposed Regulation can signify that Sweden and other EU countries may be in violation of their obligations under the UN International Labour Organization's (ILO) fundamental conventions on freedom of association and the right to organise and the right to collective bargaining.