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Blue collar unions say no to election coalition

Published onsdag 5 juni 2013 kl 10.57
Anders Ferbe, head of IF Metall. Photo: Anders Wiklund/Scanpix.

A majority of Sweden's blue-collar unions are opposed to a Social Democrat election alliance with the Green or Left Party, according to a survey by newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. The paper made calls to all unions in the LO federation, which set up the Social Democrat Party and which still has a central role in the organization.

Anders Ferbe, of powerful industrial union IF Metall, says that he thinks it is “good to not commit too much before an election,” he says the party should stand on its own manifesto and only afterwards negotiate with other parties about possible posts in the government.

The previous head of the IF Metall union was Stefan Löfven, who is now the leader of the Social Democrats.

The Social Democrats lost the 2010 election, after running in a tight red-green coalition with the Left and Green parties.

Svenska Dagbladet rang all 14 unions that make up the LO federation. Eight do not want the Social Democrats to stand in a coalition, five do not want to reply, and one could not be reached.

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