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May Day

Ohly: "Welfare instead of lower taxes"

Published söndag 1 maj 2011 kl 17.37
Left party leader Lars Ohly spoke in Gothenburg. Photo: Adam Ihse/Scanpix

Also the Left party went out in force to highlight labour day. The party leader Lars Ohly marched in Gothenburg and was scathing in his criticism of the centre-right Government.

In his speech Ohly focused on the slogan "welfare instead of lower taxes" and claimed the government coalition parties think the unemployed and ill are lazy people who prefer not to work. But the Government should fight unemployment instead of the unemployed, said Ohly.

He also called for an end to "phase three" in the so called job guarantee scheme. In this "phase" public and private companies are paid to hire the long-term unemployed. Their salary - often very low - is not paid by the company, but is part of the unemployment benefit. The idea is that it helps those who have been without a job for a long time to get back in touch with the labour market.

But since it began, media has reported on several questionable examples of such phase three-jobs.The Left party is very much against the whole idea. "We refuse to accept this modern type of slavery. Phase out phase three!" Ohly said in his speech in Gothenburg on Sunday.

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