Opposition unites against unemployment rule changes
Opposition parties have reached an agreement to demand that the governing Conservative-led coalition reverse two reforms in Sweden’s unemployment insurance scheme.
The Social Democrats, the Left Party, the Greens and the far-right Sweden Democrats will together push to eliminate a rule that job-seekers must search for work throughout the country, rather than requiring only that they look for jobs near their current homes to qualify for unemployment support.
The opposition also wants to eliminate a new reform that limits insurance payments for part-time unemployed workers to 75 days.
A Moderate Party spokesperson calls the proposals “irresponsible,” saying the opposition is calling for unfinanced new budget mandates.