ETUC Steering Committee confirms high political importance of ECJ judgements on Laval - Viking cases, to be expected on 11 December 2007

Brussels, 20/11/2007

The ETUC Steering Committee discussed an assessment, made by Professor Brian Bercusson of Kings College UK for ETUC, of the various ways in which the Court may decide. [[Full assessment available on ETUC website:]]

On this occasion, the ETUC and its affiliates reiterated their conviction that the industrial actions taken in both cases are in full conformity with the principles and requirements of EC law, and necessary to defend the principles of non-discrimination and the principle of equal pay for work of equal value regardless of nationality.

The rights to collective bargaining and industrial action cannot be curtailed by the rules relating to the free movement of services nor by those relating to the right of establishment in the EU.