Wallström Calls for Change in Directive

Sweden’s EU Commissioner Margot Wallström has called for a change in the directive covering work in another EU country.

The issue was been controversial in Sweden ever since a decision by the EU Court allowed workers here from Latvia to work for wages less than those guaranteed by Swedish collective bargaining agreements. There have been similar concerns in Britain.

In their campaign for the European parliament elections, the Swedish Social Democrats have called for the removal of the relevant directive. Now Wallström has taken a similar position. Writing in her blog, she says that under the current system there is a risk that companies within the internal market will start competing with lower salaries and poorer working conditions.

She adds that she thinks there is a majority in the European Parliament to reform the directive, so it would guarantee equal pay for equal work.