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Industry hits back at "Rubbish job" comment

Updated onsdag 20 april 2011 kl 19.41
Published onsdag 20 april 2011 kl 14.36
"It's sad that a politician has such a degrading opinion"
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Controversial politician, Karin Wanngård. Photo: Gunnar Lundmark/Scanpix

"Young people shouldn't be forced into taking rubbish jobs like sales, and have to work on commission", the words of the woman expected to become the head of the Social Democrats in Stockholm. Karin Wanngård made the comments in a Swedish paper on Tuesday, and industry representatives have already reacted with surprise, and a little bit of anger.

Wanngård says she wants to improve conditions for young people, and by doing this she says, "young people shouldn't be locked into working in crappy jobs like sales, and working on commission". In today's Dagens Nyheter newspaper she elaborates on this and says that the current high levels of youth unemployment mean that young people are forced to take sales jobs on the minimum wage, with the promise of earning more on commission for sales targets that can't be met, she says, adding that they have poor conditions, a poor working environment, insecure employment and sometimes really bad bosses.

Her comments have caused opponents, such as the Christian Democrats in Stockholm City Council, and industry organisations to see red. Tina Wahlroth is head of the Swedish Call Centre Association, she tells Radio Sweden she was upset by the politician's comments, adding that they are out of touch with reality.

Politician apologizes for controversial comment

The favorite to take over as head of the center-left Social Democrats in Stockholm has apologized for making a controversial statement in which she called sales jobs "crappy".

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