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Unions call for higher taxes to pay for construction boom

Published måndag 19 januari 2015 kl 11.03
File photo: Helena Landstedt / TT
File photo: Helena Landstedt / TT

A group of blue-collar unions are calling on the Swedish government to drop its goal of having a budget surplus each year, and instead wants it to raise taxes and borrow more to increase the pace of housing construction.

The Swedish Painters' Union, the Swedish Building Workers' Union, the Swedish Building Maintenance Workers' Union, the Union of Service and Communication Engineers, and the Electricians' Union have made the appeal in an open letter in today's Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

They want to increase investment by SEK 280 billion over a decade, which would lead to around 170,000 new jobs, they claim. It would be financed by raising taxes and borrowing more.

The Swedish government currently has a budget surplus goal of one percent of GDP, but that will probably not be reached until after 2018, the government said late last year.

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