European Union Fair Trade and Labour Law

Swedethings dishcloths are made in Sweden and are subject to European Union labour and fair trade laws.

European Union law, is a system of law that is specific to the 27 members of the European Union. This system overrules the national law of each member country if there is a conflict between the national law and the EU law. EU law relates to a wide range of different matters; from agriculture to competition law. As the European Union grew in size, the idea was to create a level playing field and harmonize the laws across the Union regarding certain matters, mostly trade. EU law is important because it ensures that the populations of the member states are treated, and treat others, equally.

EU law guarantees that no one works with too low a salary, that everyone has the right to vacation and that no child labour exists. The environmental aspects are also rapidly growing here in the EU.

Every EU worker has certain minimum rights relating to: equal opportunities for women and men: equal treatment at work, pregnancy, maternity leave, parental leave, protection against discrimination based on sex, race, religion, age, disability and sexual orientation.

There are no tariffs for goods that is imported from Sweden into Canada and vice versa. This is due to the free trade agreement between Canada and Sweden which is actually an agreement between Canada and the EU. Sweden is one of the member states of the European Union.