Talks Stalled Between Swedish Employers, Unions
Swedish discussions between Swedish employers and the labor unions on a new labor market policy have broken down - snagged over the questions of restricting strike actions and procedures for firing workers.
The talks have been going on since last August – with the aim of updating the historic agreement of 1938. This is credited with creating harmony on the Swedish labor market for decades by trying to avoid strikes and keeping politicians out of disputes.
The unions are demanding a continuation of the traditional policy of the last man hired should be the first fired - if the company is making cut-backs.
Employers insist that today’s industry demands that employees with certain skills and competence keep their jobs – even if others have worked longer there.