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Lundby-Wedin Criticised Over Free Stay

Published söndag 24 maj 2009 kl 12.56
Wanja Lundby-Wedin

The head of Sweden's Trade Union Confederation ( LO ) is in the news again. Wanja Lundby-Wedin, who recently narrowly avoided the sack over the AMF pensions scandal, has been criticized for letting her husband stay for free at a union owned holiday complex along Italy's Adriatic coast.

The revelations carried in the Expressen newspaper concern the Riva Del Sole complex where Lundby-Wedin spends six days of the year holding board meetings with committee colleagues along with other activities. The newspaper writes that allowing her husband to stay for free represents a tax benefit, which Lundby-Wedin told Expressen that she was unaware of and would look into on her return.

In a later statement carried on LO's homepage, Lundby-Wedin said that the benefit was subject to Italian tax and was therefore not considered taxable. Swedish Radio news reports that the head of the TCO Union Sture Nordh also allowed his wife to stay for free. The holiday complex is jointly owned by LO, TCO and the KF unions and under the terms of agreement, the union heads can stay for free for a week in a double room.

Meanwhile the Italian police in its own investigation into the Riva del Sole resort said that it has underpaid pensions contributions for 20 lifeguards, a claim challenged by Felice Bassi, the director of the resort.

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