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Labour Mobility in Construction: European Implications of the Laval un Partneri Dispute with Swedish Labour

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Woolfson, Charles; Sommers, Jeff

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Abstract The accession to the European Union of new member states from central and eastern Europe, with weak trade union movements, poorly developed social dialogue and inferior working conditions, has been viewed as a threat to regulated labour standards in the EU-15. This article examines a high-profile labour dispute arising from the conditions of Latvian construction contract labour in Sweden. The dispute exposes weaknesses in the protective floor of minimum standards offered by the posted workers Directive. It also goes to the core of the debate about the preservation of a ‘European social model’ and the proposed Services Directive.
Free Keywords EU enlargement; European social model; posted workers Directive; labour standards; industrial disputes; construction industry;
Document language English
Publication Year 2006
Page/Pages p. 49-68
Journal European Journal of Industrial Relations, 12 (2006) 1
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0959680106061371
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)