Posted on January 12, 2015
Esther Lynch: Legislation & Social Affairs Officer, Irish Congress of Trade Unions
Esther Lynch, Congress Legislation & Social Affairs Officer
A new ruling from the European Court of Justice (CJEU) may force authorities across Europe to reverse policies that have resulted in the effective denial of full union rights to freelance workers, for over a decade.
The ruling – delivered by the court in December - arises from a case taken by Dutch unions which challenged the classification of freelance musicians as individual business ‘undertakings’.
Under competition law this meant they were not entitled to bargain collectively with their employer.
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Categories: Freelance Workers • Collective Bargaining