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Guidelines on EU Competition Law for Solo-Self Employed Persons

On September 29, the European Commission has adopted its guidelines on how EU competition law applies to collective agreements on working conditions for solo self-employed workers. The guidelines set out the conditions under which certain self-employed workers can join together to bargain collectively without breaching EU competition rules.

With the guidelines, the EU Commission has made it possible for solo self-employed workers to be represented by trade unions with immediate effect in order to negotiate their own collective agreements.

In the field of performing arts, this applies to solo independent artists who reinforce the existing ensemble, such as opera singers, and production teams, such as directors, stage costume designers and choreographers. At the theater, many so-called guests work on service and work contracts. This puts them in a particularly unprotected position, so that contracts could be dictated to them individually and unilaterally by the theaters.

Guidelines (all languages)

Joint Statement against CETA

On the occasion of German government delegation with Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s visit to Canada, and ahead of the announced ratification of the EU–Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) by the German parliament, German and Canadian civil society organisations have published a joint statement to stop the ratification of CETA. 

“While most parts of CETA have been provisionally applied in Europe and Canada for nearly five years, the agreement’s controversial investment protection provisions have not. These provisions, including the planned Investment Court System (ICS), would grant foreign investors the privilege to sue states before a private arbitration tribunal instead of in national courts when public policies affect their ability to profit. This chapter would come into effect only after full ratification of CETA in all EU member states.”

The full ratification of CETA would massively expand investor privileges not only for Canadian and European companies but also, for example,  for U.S. corporations with subsidiaries in Canada and in Europe. Any obligations for investors are not foreseen. Neither does the agreement enable the civil society organisations to bring a claim when a company violates environmental, labour, health, safety, or other rules.

The statement has been signed by a wide spectrum of environmental organizations, trade unions and cultural associations.

Source: Trade Justice Network : Joint statement