Public transport strike looms as talks break down
The public sector trade union, Kommunal, and the Stockholm region’s bus and rail company, SL, have failed to agree on changes to pay and conditions, making strike action likely from Wednesday evening.
The union rejected an offer to open up talks on a new collective agreement, reports news agency TT.
“None of our most important issues were included,” said Lenita Granlund from Kommunal union.
Dozens of bus lines in Stockholm, Solna, Sundbyberg, Sollentuna and Södertälje will be affected if the strike goes ahead as promised and three major bus bus depots are shut down. The stoppages may also affect at least one metro line and may spread to other cities, including Umeå in the north.
The union was looking for better protection for workers conditions, including when bus and rail lines are contracted out to new companies.
About 1,400 employees are expected to strike from the night of the 19th of June, just ahead of Sweden’s Midsummer weekend when thousands will be travelling to celebrations around the country.
The transport union, Seko, is seeking similar concessions to Kommunal and has threatened to stop all commuter trains in and around the capital, the western city of Gothenberg and the southern region Skåne from Thursday night if an agreement is not reached.