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Sweden – Staffing industry files complaint against government

07 November 2012

The Swedish government is already late in implementing EU-wide regulations on the recruitment market with the current draft bill failing to lift restrictions against staffing agencies. Now Sweden’s association of staffing agencies (Bemanningsföretagen) has officially filed a complaint against the government, asking the European Commission to take legal action.

The association says the government has failed to fulfil its obligation to properly implement the EU’s directive on temporary agency work.  The complaint centres on the omission of the crucial article 4 in the draft bill which obliges government bodies to review restrictions on the use of temporary staffing.

The current bill “does not include Article 4(1) or in any other way remedy the lack of an express provision concerning unjustified and disproportionate national prohibitions and restrictions on the use of temporary agency work prohibitions and restrictions on the use of temporary agency work,” the association says in their complaint.

This is creating increased uncertainty in the market, which the association also blames on an anti-temporary staffing agenda. 

“Bemanningsföretagen therefore calls on the Commission to take legal action against Sweden before the EU Court of Justice due to the failure of Sweden to adequately and effectively implement the Directive.”

The complaint can be read in full here

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