LO Sweden critical of restrictions on the right to strike

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LO Sweden critical of EU proposal entailing restrictions on the right to strike

LO Sweden strongly criticises the proposal for regulation of the right to strike, presented by the European Commission. According to the proposal, the European Court of Justice is given the possibility to assess whether a collective action is justified.

- Today we have a well-functioning arrangement for how conflicts should be solved and the EU proposal would lead to a restriction of fundamental trade union rights, such as the right to collective bargaining, including the right to collective action as an important part, says Wanja Lundby-Wedin, President of LO Sweden.

It is the opinion of LO Sweden that the proposal from the European Commission is so far-reaching that it is in breach of the norms on collective action, laid down by the United Nations within the International Labour Organization (ILO).

- The right to collective action is one of the cornerstones of democracy. This is an issue that should be regulated nationally, under democratic forms, not by the European Court of Justice.

LO Sweden now demands that the Swedish government acts in the Council to stop the European Commission’s proposal for a regulation.