Europe loses when it legitimises low wages
Article de Wanja Lundby-Wedin et John Monks, respectivement Présidente et Secrétaire Général de la Confédération européenne des Syndicats, paru dans The Financial Times, le 2 mars 2008.
Decision-makers in ancient civilisations sought answers from an oracle, an infallible authority who gave wise counsel. The most important, the Delphic oracle, reputedly fell into a trance and spoke in riddles, which were interpreted by priests. In the modern European Union the oracle is the European Court of Justice. National courts seek its wise counsel, but sometimes it appears to work in unfathomable ways.
Last December the court struck a heavy blow against "social Europe" - the concept of a Europe that treats its workers and poorer citizens fairly - in a landmark judgment on the so-called Laval case, concerning Latvian workers on a Swedish building site.
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