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No quick solution to garbage crisis

Published onsdag 11 maj 2011 kl 15.38
"Maybe they will escalate ."
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Foto: Lars Pehrson/SvD/Scanpix.

After the negotiations between the Swedish Transport Workers Union and the employers broke down on Tuesday afternoon, the union ordered a complete ban on over-time, which is likely to cause problems for some companies.

On Wednesday afternoon it seemed unlikely that the two parties would reach an agreement in the near future.  

The measures affects over 4.400 environmental workers, and came into effect at midnight on Tuesday after the Union rejected negotiators’ final offer.

In addition to the overtime ban the union has also ordered a ban on hiring and, while the conflict lasts, companies are not allowed to rent staff from staffing companies to cover absence.  

According to representatives of the employers the union wants to put in place a fixed "piece rate" system where workers are paid for each unit produced or action performed.

But according to the Peter Jeppsson, at the Transport Group , this kind of system would be impossible to implement outside of Stockholm and it would also be against the law.

“Stockholm is very dense, you can do the work quite fast in Stockholm which is not possible outside denser cities,” he said.

But according to a spokesman for the Swedish Transport Workers Union “piece rate” deal is not the organisation’s priority.

“The amount of garbage increase every year and at the same time companies are trying to handle the garbage with fewer people,” he told Radio Sweden. “The union’s goal is not a “piece rate” system but to reduce the workload for our members.”

This early on it is unlikely that the garbage crisis will have an effect on ordinary citizens since it only bans overtime and not the already scheduled collection.

At this point the union is unwilling to say how far they are willing to take this conflict but even though the two parties have met during Wednesday they are still far from an agreement

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