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Right to Strike

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in preparing submissions to the European Court of Justice on the Viking case, what view his Department has taken on the question of whether the right to strike is protected in EU law as a fundamental right. (112501)

The Viking case highlights the conflict which may exist between national laws, which in some member states include the right to strike, and the European treaty. The Government intervened in this case to maintain the status quo including, in some circumstances, the right to take collective action.