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Laval - The Aftermath?
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Law.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9044-8658
2014 (English)In: Festskrift till Catharina Calleman: I rättens utkanter / [ed] Annina H. Persson, Lott Ryberg-Welander, Uppsala: Iustus förlag, 2014, 1, 91-100 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]


The aim with this article is (1) to present the development in Swedish labour law concerning industrial action in the light of the EU Court’s decision in the Laval case, and (2) to discuss some hypothetic conclusions regarding law and the impact on Swedish industrial relations.2

The beginning of the Laval history was that in 2004 a Latvian firm begun renovation and construction work on a school building in Vaxholm in the Stockholm area. The Latvian workers were posted to Sweden from Laval un Partneri Ltd to the subsidiary firm Baltic Bygg AB in Sweden. The workers were paid in accordance with Latvian wage levels following from two collective agreements concluded in Latvia.

Swedish trade unions took industrial actions (including sympathy actions) in November–December 2004, legally referring to the Co-determination Act (1976:580) 42 § (hereafter the MBL), third section. The trade unions claimed that the Laval workers should be paid the same as other construction workers in the Stockholm region, and that their working conditions also otherwise should be regulated by a collective agreement concluded with a Swedish trade union.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Iustus förlag, 2014, 1. 91-100 p.
Keyword [en]
Free movement of services, EU law, labour law, laval, European Court of Justice
Keyword [sv]
EU-rätt, Laval, EU-domstolen, fri rörlighet för tjänster, arbetsrätt, lavallagen
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-98130ISBN: 978-91-7678-889-9OAI: diva2:781973
Available from: 2015-01-19 Created: 2015-01-19 Last updated: 2015-02-23Bibliographically approved

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