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European Union influence on Swedish labour law (with special regards to the Temporary Agency Directive)

Professor Dr. Birgitta Nyström



The Swedish labour market system is founded on freedom for the labour market parties to negotiate and bargain collectively, and to regulate their dealings in collective agreements. An important principle is that the social partners have the possibility to use industrial action in order to exercise pressure in collective bargaining. EU law has challenged the traditional Swedish model for regulating the labour market by increasing the amount of labour legislation, making it more detailed, and by limiting the social partners room for maneuever.


nystroemBirgitta Nyström is Prof. Dr. of Private Law at the Law Faculty, University of Lund, Sweden. Her main research area is labour law, especially collective labour law, industrial relations, EU law and Swedish and Nordic labour law in a European perspective. She is a member of the European Committee of Social Rights.