Laval Bill To Be Voted On Today

There are clear indications that the opposition will fail in their second attempt to block a bill proposed by the government that would curb the unions’ influence in setting wages. The parliament will vote on the proposition on Wednesday.

The sitting center-right government brought the bill last year as a result of the so-called Laval case by the European Court of Justice in December 2007. The court ruled that Swedish unions cannot force employers from other EU countries to pay wages according to Swedish standards.

The case was brought to the court after Swedish unions tried to block a Latvian company from building a school in Vaxholm in 2004.

The Social Democrats, the Left Party, and the Green Party see the law as an illegitimate restriction of the Swedish labor model, and have requested that the Committee on the Constitution delay the bill as it reviews its legality.