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Europe and the Nordic Collective-Bargaining Model

The Complex Interaction between Nordic and European Labour Law

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One of the special features of the Nordic countries is that the determination of wages and working conditions is largely left up to the negotiations between the social partners. The purpose of this report is to illuminate a number of the challenges faced by the labour-law systems of the Nordic countries in the light of an increasingly well-developed European law system.The first part of the report was prepared by Dr. Jur. Jens Kristiansen, the editor-in-chief, and focuses on a number of the general challenges facing the labour-law systems of the Nordic countries in the form of European rules and court decisions.The second part of the report was prepared by various representatives of employer and employee organisations in the Nordic countries and illustrates some of the challenges faced by the social partners in their interaction with the European court system and the way in which these challenges have been addressed in the individual countries.

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Last in, First out? The Agency Work Directive and the Swedish Staffing Industry as Part of the Swedish Labour-Market Model

The Agency Work Directive – Directive 2008/104/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19th November 2008 on temporary agency work – has been described as a dream Directive for legal experts, particularly for those in the northern parts of the Union. As the final product of a process and negotiations that have taken decades, the Directive is full of the ambiguities and inconsistencies so loved by that profession. Moreover, in the Nordic Area, there are few things that excite people as much as when labour-market regulation is not managed by the social partners. The issue of posted workers has clearly shown what happens when the legislative development of the EU clashes with national interests and traditions. Since there are far more agency workers than posted workers, there is now a huge risk that we will see much of the same happening.

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