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Case C-243/09: Judgment of the Court (Second Chamber) of 14 October 2010 (reference for a preliminary ruling from the Verwaltungsgericht Halle (Germany)) — Günter Fuß v Stadt Halle (Social policy — Protection of the safety and health of workers — Directive 2003/88/EC — Organisation of working time — Fire fighters employed in the public sector — Operational service — Article 6(b) and Article 22(1)(b) — Maximum weekly working time — Refusal to work longer than that time — Compulsory transfer to another service — Direct effect — Consequence for national courts)

OJ C 346, 18.12.2010, p. 16–16 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

18.12.2010   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

C 346/16


Judgment of the Court (Second Chamber) of 14 October 2010 (reference for a preliminary ruling from the Verwaltungsgericht Halle (Germany)) — Günter Fuß v Stadt Halle

(Case C-243/09) (1)

(Social policy - Protection of the safety and health of workers - Directive 2003/88/EC - Organisation of working time - Fire fighters employed in the public sector - Operational service - Article 6(b) and Article 22(1)(b) - Maximum weekly working time - Refusal to work longer than that time - Compulsory transfer to another service - Direct effect - Consequence for national courts)

2010/C 346/26

Language of the case: German

Referring court

Verwaltungsgericht Halle

Parties to the main proceedings

Applicant: Günter Fuß

Defendant: Stadt Halle

Re:

Reference for a preliminary ruling — Verwaltungsgericht Halle — Interpretation of Article 22(1)(b) of Directive 2003/88/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 November 2003 concerning certain aspects of the organisation of working time (OJ 2003 L 299, p. 9) — National legislation providing, in breach of that directive, for working time of more than 48 hours during a seven-day period for officials working as on-call professional firefighters — Compulsory transfer of an official who refused to work such hours to a post at the same grade in the administration — Concept of ‘detriment’

Operative part of the judgment

Article 6(b) of Directive 2003/88/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 November 2003 concerning certain aspects of the organisation of working time must be interpreted as precluding national rules, such as those at issue in the main proceedings, which allow a public-sector employer to transfer compulsorily to another service a worker employed as a fire fighter in an operational service on the ground that that worker has requested compliance, within the latter service, with the maximum average weekly working time laid down in that provision. The fact that such a worker suffers no specific detriment by reason of that transfer, other than that resulting from the infringement of Article 6(b) of Directive 2003/88, is irrelevant in that regard.


(1)  OJ C 233, 26.9.2009.


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