Sunday, 6 April 2008

Free market madness, courtesy of ECJ

The UNITE web site carries a press release about the "Dirk Rüffert v. Land Niedersachsen" case heard by the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

The ECJ has ruled that the right of employers to trade freely over-rides national agreements on wages etc.

This is a recipe for driving down pay and conditions as well as stoking up racism. It effectively reintroduces the "country of origin" principle we fought off in the Services ("Bolkestein") Directive.

For more background on the issue, see my report on last week's Amicus NEC meeting, where it was agreed to make this and related issues a major campaign theme.

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