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May Day Speeches

Trade union slams government ‘indifference’

Published tisdag 1 maj 2012 kl 12.02

As trade unions and left leaning parties took to the streets in traditional May Day parades, LO union leader Wanja Lundby-Wedin accused the government of indifference and called for a new jobs policy.

“It’s become clear that the conservative government’s tax-cutting policy has failed to create jobs,” she said.

“But the worst sickness affecting this government is indifference. Indifference towards everyone out of work, towards the young and towards increasing income gaps. Unemployment can only be fought through social measures to create more jobs and better training. That kind of policy is missing. “

Ahead of his May Day speech in Gothenberg, and buoyed up by the latest opinion polls, the Socialist leader, Stefan Löfven struck a cautious note .

“It’s very important to say that the battle has not been won,” he told TV4. “It feels like the party has a positive energy now but now we have to work every single day.”

Echoing trade union calls for a more active jobs policy, Left Party leader Jonas Sjöstedt demanded more investment in jobs and in the Swedish welfare system.

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