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Fas 3

Opposition demand an end to employment scheme

Published tisdag 10 maj 2011 kl 13.06
Photo: Bertil Ericson/Scanpix

The red-green opposition parties are demanding that the government stop pushing long-term unemployed people through the so called "phase 3" programme.

The programme has been criticised since those who take part in it are required to work full-time without proper compensation, the employer is also paid to accept people from the programme.

So far there are no figures suggesting that the programme is successful and leads to employment.

Opposition representatives in the Parliamentary Committee on the Labour Market have put forward a so called committee initiative, which is a way to fast track legislation, since it doesn’t require a parliamentary motion.

Ylva Johansson, a Social Democratic MP and the vice chairman of the committee, the initiative also demands that the government, as soon as possible, report which measures have been taken to improve the programme.

 The xenophobic Sweden Democrats are also in favour of ending phase 3, according to MP Sven-Olof Sällström, which mean that if the committee initiative is supported by the majority of the members of parliament.   

But according to Tomas Tobe, a conservative Moderate representative in the committee, the programme won’t be stopped by the initiative since it doesn’t offer a solution or a common red-green policy on how to tackle unemployment.

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