Sweden - Agreement on minimum pay for posted workers in construction - September 30, 2017

The 2007 Laval judgement made it necessary to define which of the elements of remuneration in different collective agreements are included in ‘minimum rates of pay’, as defined in the directive on the posting of workers. In that judgment, the Court of Justice of the EU established that a member state cannot force foreign companies to pay their posted workers more than this minimum. It took the construction union (Byggnads) and the employers in construction nearly ten years to get to an agreement. The lowest hourly wage for posted workers will be slightly higher than the ‘basic salary’ that is laid down in the collective agreement for the construction sector. According to the deal these conditions should also apply as special labour law contract performance conditions in public procurement.

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