Unemployment Benefits Under Review

The opposition Green Party has the support of the ruling Moderates for a suggestion that could take unemployment benefits away from union jurisdiction.

The suggestion is to create an authority that would regulate unemployment benefit as well as health insurance and social benefits.

The Green Party’s Maria Wetterstrand told Swedish Radio News that a new system would make it easier for people to get help, rather than be shuffled between different authorities.

Unlike in many other countries, unemployment benefits in Sweden are not managed by the state and paid for via income tax. Instead, union members pay a monthly fee towards a union managed unemployment benefit scheme.

More voiced support has come from an unexpected camp: the new consolidated labour federation, Unionen.

Opponents to the new proposal fear it would cause a mass exodus from the country’s unions.