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This paper looks at the pension reforms implemented by Sweden in the 1990s and their implications... [more]

This paper looks at the pension reforms implemented by Sweden in the 1990s and their implications for pension adequacy.

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The Parliament passed a bill to expand the peace obligation in workplaces with a collective barga... [more]

The Parliament passed a bill to expand the peace obligation in workplaces with a collective bargaining agreement in place, and in disputes, through amendments to the Employment (Co-Determination in the Workplace) Act. In order for an employee to participate in an industrial action against an employer who is bound by a collective bargaining agreement, the purpose must be to achieve a collective bargaining agreement and the trade union must have negotiated its demands with the employer. Further, it will not be allowed for an employer or an employee to take industrial actions to exert pressure in a dispute. The new rules will enter into force on 1 August 2019.

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New research describes the earnings differences associated with employment sequences among tempor... [more]

New research describes the earnings differences associated with employment sequences among temporary workers in the country. The authors find that the type of employment sequence varies with differences in earnings relative to predominantly constant temporary employment. In particular, workers who go from temporary work to permanent work exhibit gains. Workers transitioning from permanent work to temporary work also increase their earnings.

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For the first time in its 47-year history the Swedish Dockworkers' Union was able to establish a ... [more]

For the first time in its 47-year history the Swedish Dockworkers' Union was able to establish a national collective agreement for dockworkers across the country. The union was fighting for a collective agreement since 2016 and held several strike actions (see our January newsletter). A strike action planned for this month, that would have had a huge impact on European food import and export was called off because of the new collective agreement that is linked to collective agreement of transport workers.

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Trade union confederation LO has presented its annual report on income inequalities in the countr... [more]

Trade union confederation LO has presented its annual report on income inequalities in the country. The results show that the income difference between an ordinary employee and those on the top is the largest ever. In 2017, the directors of 50 large companies in the country had an average income that equals to the sum of just over 59 industrial workers' wages. In many cases the annual income for the CEOs of large companies is much far higher than what a worker earns for a lifetime. LO is worried about this development and proposes several measures to be taken. Amongst other things the trade federation is pleading for the implementation of provisions that the CEO's annual rate of wage increase shall not be higher than the rate of wage increase for other employees in the company and for a harder taxation of capital.

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Around 1000 dockworkers took part in a 3-hour strike that affected 15 ports around the country. T... [more]

Around 1000 dockworkers took part in a 3-hour strike that affected 15 ports around the country. The reason for the strike is a conflict between the dockworkers’ union and port owners over union representation that has been going on since 2016. The dockworkers are currently covered by a local agreement with the transport workers’ union, but they want their own dockworkers’ union to represent them in negotiations on a new collective agreement for dockworkers. In reaction to the 3-hour strike the port operator imposed a lockout on the striking workers which prevented 1000 of them from working the rest of the day and evening.

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A union researcher is developing an algorithm that can help unions predict several facts that cou... [more]

A union researcher is developing an algorithm that can help unions predict several facts that could influence bargaining outcomes. Trade union Unionen, where the union researcher works, has a massive database of information coming from member looking for advice or reporting problems. Based on their behaviour in the past, there can be detected certain patterns in the behaviour of specific companies. The data can also help to get a broader picture of labour market developments. If the economy is for example going to shrink, the algorithm will be able to predict which sectors will be likely to start laying people off or making pay cuts. Knowing this kind of information on forehand can make it easier to allocate adequate union capacity to the sectors or companies and to improve bargaining outcomes.

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For almost 50 years the Swedish Union of Journalist (SUJ) issues recommended freelance rates per ... [more]

For almost 50 years the Swedish Union of Journalist (SUJ) issues recommended freelance rates per hour as a benchmark for the fees hat freelance journalists should receive for their work. This recommend rates are in line with the average earnings of an employed journalist. The SUJ has announced that the recommended fee will rise by 1.8% starting at the beginning of the new year.

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F Trade Union Confederation LO presented a redistribution program with proposals for measures tha... [more]

F Trade Union Confederation LO presented a redistribution program with proposals for measures that will help the country combat inequality. LO points out that income differentials have continued to increase in recent decades and that the country has fallen from the top of the list of the most equal countries in the OECD to the tenth place. The following 6 points are the focus of the redistribution program: 1. Set a goal for equality 2. Fairer taxation of capital income 3. Determine unfair differences between city and country 4. Unemployment and health insurance need to be improved 5. A pension to live on 6. Provide support that provides reasonable living conditions.

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The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise and trade union confederations joined forces and together... [more]

The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise and trade union confederations joined forces and together formed a labour market council for the European Union. The council is an answer to the European Commission’s many recent legislative initiatives in the social policy field. With the newly formed council employers and trade unions want to work together to protect the Swedish model, that they say is more and more under pressure, and the position of collective bargaining in general. The council will meet four times a year.

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