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Big Demo Over Benefit Reform

Published torsdag 16 november 2006 kl 12.52
Thursday's TCO Demo

After a barrage of criticism from unions, the Swedish government has announced that it will put a cap on the amount Swedes are made to pay in to unemployment benefit funds.

The planned alteration was presented in parliament on thursday. Under the plans, no-one will pay more than 300 kronor extra per month. However unions say the change in the law regarding unemployment insurance funds, where people in work will pay more into a fund which they’ll draw on if they’re out of work, at a lesser rate, still penalises part-time workers, students and those staying at home looking after children.

A large demonstration by the TCO union against the reforms was carried out in central Stockholm on thursday morning where 100 000 flyers were handed out to commuters.

”This is the largest operation we have ever had, and it is important because a lot of people have not understood what the changes mean,” said TCO chairman Sture Nordh.

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