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Midsummer train strike threatened

Published måndag 10 juni 2013 kl 19.55

A train strike has been announced for the day before Sweden’s Midsummer break.

If an agreement is not reached between the employers' organization Almega and the transport workers' union Seko, then the union plans to call 1,500 members out on strike from 3am on the 20th of June.

The strike would mainly affect rail services in the west and south of the country as well as trams in the Stockholm area.

Seko issued the strike warning following negotiations to improve conditions for workers affected by new companies taking over rail services.

“Every time there is a new tender local pay and conditions and squeezed. Now we think things have gone too far,” the transport union’s chairman Janne Ruden told news agency TT.

Mediators are expected to be appointed to help resolve the conflict.

A spokesperson for Almega told TT that the threatened strike action would deal a heavy blow to Swedes travelling for Midsummer festivities.

However Ruden said the disruption to passengers would be limited.

“It’s targeting local services in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Skåne, not inter-regional routes,” he said.

“We’re talking short distances and in many areas there’s the option of travelling by bus.”

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