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Three percent pay rise for public sector workers

Published söndag 29 april 2012 kl 13.37

Nurses, home-help workers and other public sector employees have won a three percent increase in annual pay negotiations.

“It’s a good agreement, given the current circumstances,” Kommunal union’s chairperson, Annelie Nordström, told Swedish Radio.

The increase means that 350,000 local authority employees will get just under US$100 more in their monthly pay packets.

Last years’ collective bargaining agreements between local authorities and trade unions come to an end on Monday. The employers side had attempted to shift negotiations to individual workplaces, but the union insisted on keeping to collective wage agreements.

Employers also agreed to limit the period a worker can be hired part time to three years, and to hire more full time workers, according to Kommunal union. Three other unions, including the teachers’ union have yet to conclude negotiations for a further 140,000 public sector employees.

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