Swedish union can’t force non-members to pay fees

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the Swedish state broke the convention which gives everybody the right to ”peaceful enjoyment of their possessions”, over a case involving a building union.

Under a collective agreement, the Swedish Building Workers Union, had the right to monitor salary payments and collect fees of 1.5 per cent of a worker’s wages as reimbursement. But several workers who were not in the union objected to being forced to pay as well and claimed the money was not used solely for checking their salary levels.

The Swedish state will now have to pay around 6400 dollars to each of the five non-union members who brought the action, as well as 114,000 dollars in court costs.

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