Is a trade union an undertaking under EU competition law?

Bradshaw, Shaun (2017) Is a trade union an undertaking under EU competition law? European Competition Journal, 12 (2-3). pp. 320-340. ISSN 1744-1056

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Abstract

EU competition law applies to undertakings. The status of a trade union under EU competition law is a contentious issue. In this paper, I argue that trade unions, contrary to existing Court of Justice of the European Union jurisprudence, can be classified as “undertakings” when engaged in collective bargaining. Current case law argues that trade unions act as their members’ agent when engaged in collective bargaining. As workers are not undertakings under EU competition law, trade unions are not either. This paper argues primarily that a trade union is an undertaking and that Court’s approach on the agent-principal question is wrong. It further argues that a trade union is an undertaking when engaged in collective bargaining as they provide, and/or offer their services on a given market.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: competition law,trade unions,undertakings,article 101,collective bargaining
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2017 02:20
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2020 01:24
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/62407
DOI: 10.1080/17441056.2017.1283568

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