In a complaint filed against the European Union on Tuesday, trade union giant Europes largest trade union group accuses the EU of attempting to silence its members, forcing them to “submit to unlawful union tactics,” including forcing them into “false and discriminatory statements and actions” and “unlawful intimidation” against its members.
In a statement, the union’s European Commission chairperson, Joaquín Almunia, said the company was “disappointed by the European Commission’s decision to launch a lawsuit against the Europes leading trade union”.
The complaint filed by the trade union argues that the European Parliament had the right to strike a deal with the Commission that had no impact on the company’s operations, but instead it allowed it to engage in an “illegal and unlawful campaign against its membership and members, including intimidating and threatening to strike”.
Almunia said the union had been targeted by a “campaign of intimidation and threats” and that it was “in the process of filing a complaint against the EU”.
“The European Commission must understand that its actions have resulted in significant damage to the economic and social interests of the European people and are incompatible with the principles of the EU,” he added.
“In its complaint against us, the Commission argues that we are engaging in anti-competitive behaviour in the public interest.
This is an illegal act of coercion and intimidation which violates the fundamental principles of democracy.”
Europes biggest trading union, which is part of the Confederation of European Industry, has been working for more than 50 years to protect and promote European Union members’ interests.
It was formed in 1998 and has about 3,600 members.
Its main union has been called a “model” for the EU, but the company has also faced criticism from other unions for allegedly using anti-democratic tactics.
A recent investigation by the EU’s competition watchdog found that the company had tried to “influence” members into voting in favour of an anti-EU anti-bailout measure in the EU referendum.
The European Parliament voted to approve the measures, which were ultimately voted down.
The EU said the vote was “illegal”.
Europes largest trading union has also been a target of the campaign to stop it from operating.
In March, Europes highest court in Strasbourg ruled that it had violated EU antitrust laws when it decided not to sell its products in Britain.
The European Commission has appealed the decision, saying it was a “wrong decision” and could result in legal action.