Article 7 of Council Regulation No 1612/68

1. A worker who is a national of a Member State may not, in the territory of another Member State, be treated differently from national workers by reason of his nationality in respect of any conditions of employment and work, in particular as regards remuneration, dismissal, and should he become unemployed, reinstatement or re-employment;

2. He shall enjoy the same social and tax advantages as national workers.

3. He shall also, by virtue of the same right and under the same conditions as national workers, have access to training in vocational schools and retraining centres.

4. Any clause of a collective or individual agreement or of any other collective regulation concerning eligibility for employment, employment, remuneration and other conditions of work or dismissal shall be null and void in so far as it lays down or authorises discriminatory conditions in respect of workers who are nationals of the other Member States.

Commentary

The purpose of ensuring equality of treatment or workers is to contribute to the integration of migrant workers in the working environment of the host country in accordance with the objectives of the free movement of workers.

This equality of treatment can extend to the worker’s family members, as long as they are dependants, as benefits that accrue a dependant can be deemed to be a ‘social advantage’ of the worker himself under Article 7(2): Lebon

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