When an irresistible force... meets an immovable object. . .something's gotta give.
Johnny Mercer. American songwriter (1909-1976)
The force of a mighty labor organization and the determination of an unyielding employer during a labor dispute can elicit the worst of both sides. Traditionally laborfriendly Europe is still reeling over a series of decisions by the Europe Court ofjustice (hereinafter ECJ) in late 2007 and early 2008, beginning with the Viking Line decision,1 with the unions losing in each case. An American business should have some basic knowledge of the differing labor issues it will face in the European work setting and how these decisions …