Greater opportunities for collective action against workplaces with foreign labour

Published: 26 April 2017 at 16.18

Updated: 26 April 2017 at 16.36

Swedish trade unions are to be given the right to take collective action against workplaces with foreign labour which have not entered into a Swedish collective agreement. This will provide better working conditions for employees who come to Sweden to work here for a limited time.

This is what has been proposed by the Government, which wants to make amendments to the Posting of Workers Act, the act containing provisions on what applies when foreign companies send staff to Sweden to work on a temporary basis.

The amendments involve changes to Lex Laval, which was introduced in the Posting of Workers Act in 2010, following a judgment from the Court of Justice of the European Union on how the Byggnads trade union acted vis-à-vis the Latvian company Laval un Partneri Ltd.

In addition, the Posting of Workers Act will be adapted to the Enforcement Directive. Among other things, this Directive contains measures to prevent employers from circumventing rules protecting the conditions of employees.

The Riksdag voted yes to the Government's proposal. The new regulations will come into force on 1 June 2017.