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Bus language ban stopped by bosses

Updated tisdag 8 mars 2011 kl 13.49
Published tisdag 8 mars 2011 kl 09.55
The clause read: "I am aware that Swedish is the language used between colleagues on Keoli's premises and vehicles"

Bus drivers in the southern Swedish town of Jönköping, can breathe a sigh of relief as proposed new rules stopping them speaking any other language than Swedish at work have been stopped by bosses at a national level.

The company Keolis, will take over the local bus service from this summer, and local unions and managers had added a clause to employment contracts banning other languages in the workplace.

Local trade union representative Thor Tärnbring was positive to the new clause, as he claimed it is a big problem when many languages mix, particularly in the lunchroom. Keoli's regional manager Mats Freding tells the news agency TT that the purpose of the clause was to improve the sense of community in the workplace, "so that everybody can understand each other and take part in the general discussion, instead of ending up in different groups"

However, national company bosses and unions have reacted negatively, and told news agency TT that the employment contract has now been withdrawn.

"We don't use that kind of document in the company", communications manager Helena Reinhagen says, "People should be able to use whatever language is most suitable."

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