CASE COMMENTS: CARTELS – SCOPE OF APPLICATION – COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT – EMPLOYMENT AND WORK CONDITIONS

European economic area: The EFTA Court considers that the exemption from the EEA competition rules that apply to collective agreements does not cover the assessment of a priority of engagement rule or the use of a boycott against a port user in order to procure acceptance of a collective agreement requiring that the port user must give preference to buying unloading and loading services from a local company instead of using its own employees (Holship Norge / Norsk Transportarbeidforbund)

Un accord-cadre conclu entre représentants des travailleurs et employeurs peut-il constituer une pratique concertée susceptible de restreindre la concurrence ? C’est en substance l’une des questions posées à la Cour de justice de l’Association européenne de libre échange (ci-après, la Cour de justice de l’AELE) par la Cour suprême de Norvège, en application de l’article 34 de l’accord sur l’EEE. L’affaire ayant donné lieu à l’introduction d’une demande préjudicielle devant la Cour de justice de l’AELE concerne le litige opposant Holship, une société norvégienne de transport, dont l’activité principale est le nettoyage de caisse de fruit et le transport de certains biens et NTF, un syndicat membre de la confédération syndicale norvégienne. Ce litige a précisément pour origine l’absence de réponse d’Holship à un

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Etienne Thomas, European economic area: The EFTA Court considers that the exemption from the EEA competition rules that apply to collective agreements does not cover the assessment of a priority of engagement rule or the use of a boycott against a port user in order to procure acceptance of a collective agreement requiring that the port user must give preference to buying unloading and loading services from a local company instead of using its own employees (Holship Norge / Norsk Transportarbeidforbund) , 1 September 2016, Concurrences Review Nº 3-2016, Art. N° 80806, pp. 62-63

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