Norway - Dock workers lose boycott case - March 31, 2017

A long dispute at the docks has ended after the country’s Supreme Court ruled that a collective agreement covering workers in 13 of the largest ports restricted freedom of establishment, which could not be justified under European Economic Area (EEA) law. While the employers welcomed the ruling by the Supreme Court, trade union confederation LO and its affiliate NTF will need to take it into account when discussing the country’s commitments under the EEA agreement. Although LO mainly supports the EEA agreement, some of its affiliates question certain of its implications. The EEA agreement is due to appear on the agenda on the next LO congress in May 2017.

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