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Financial Crisis

An End to the Swedish Model?

Published onsdag 4 mars 2009 kl 11.19
Mona Sahlin

Mona Sahlin, the head of the Social Democratic party and leader of the Opposition, has called Monday’s deal between Sweden’s industrial union IF Metall and employers’ groups “devastating”.

Sahlin is also very critical against the government and the recent cuts in the benefits scheme. The industrial workers are now forced to choose between less money in their pay cheques every month, or risking unemployment with low benefits, Sahlin told Swedish Radio news.

Sahlin is worried that this kind of agreement could ultimately result in an end to the Swedish model and in a fundamentally changed Sweden.

“If this continues, if society continues to fall back and shred to pieces what I believe to be the Swedish model, then we will be left with a whole new system where everyone must fend for themselves and their own,” Sahlin said.

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