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Trade Unions

Volume 979: debated on Thursday 21 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many and which European Economic Community countries have trade union statutory immunity and closed shop arrangements, respectively, comparable to those contained in the Trade Union and Labour Relations Acts 1974 and 1976.

Wide differences between legal systems in different countries make comparisons difficult. Most member countries of the European Economic Community provide trade unions with constitutional rights, or some other form of legal protection, which enable them to take industrial action. However, in general terms, the law on trade union immunities allow