European Law (2016/2017) Seminar 4

Seminar 4 of the Course European Law (2016/2017), Utrecht University. 

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Week 5 (Seminar 4) European Law

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Question 1

Paul Robowski, of Polish nationality, (26 years old) is working in Poland, where he earns 350 euros a month. On New year’s eve 2012 he decides that he wants to have a better life and wants to earn a higher wage in the future. He decides to apply for a job at Philips in Eindhoven (Netherlands), where he is subsequently offered an employment contract for 3 years. His wage is 2500 euros a month. In the beginning Paul is exhilarated as he earns about 7 times as much as before. Then he notices that his colleague, who is of the same age and has the same work experience and who does the same work earns 3000 euros. Paul goes to the personnel management and they tell him that they pay a lower wage to employees of the new Member States, since they earn a much lower income in the State of origin.

  1. Can Paul, who agreed with the wage in his contract of employment, do anything against the difference in wage and on which grounds?

 

Answer to Question 1a:

Paul is a worker, he falls within the scope of article 45 TFEU. Therefore, he can rely on the equality of treatment (article 45 (2) TFEU). He can claim the same wage as the national workers. There is also secondary legislation: The Regulation on the freedom for workers within the Union (article 7(1) Regulation). Paul can invoke article 45 TFEU, which protects free movement of the workers and requires equal treatment of workers. This provision has also horizontal direct effect. He can invoke the provisions against the employer.

 

Paul’s sister Elaine (24 years old), working and residing in Poland, hears about Paul’s wage and his success stories of his stay in that fairytale country and wishes to go the Netherlands as well. Fortunately, a company in her home town offers her a job in the Netherlands. She will be employed by this company and then sent to Nieuwegein for three years to work as a nurse for a private care institution. She will be offered a good wage. When she arrives in Nieuwegein in October 2013, she is offered by the... Interested? Read the instructions below in order to read the full content of this page.

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