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Ruffert v Land Niedersachsen - collective agreements and freedom to provide services - ECJ Case C346/06 - 3.4.08

A Government contract was awarded to Objekt und Bauregie (OB). In compliance with collective agreements it stipulated that employees on the site would be paid a certain wage. OB sub-contracted to a Polish company. The Government discovered that 53 of the Polish company's workers on the site were being paid far less than the stipulated wage. It terminated OB's contract for breach of the collective agreement on pay. Litigation followed. The German Court referred the following question to the ECJ:

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