EU Commission Criticises Swedish Law

The European Commission says Sweden’s Security of Employment Act doesn’t given enough protection for temporary workers.

The controversial law, which basically says last employed, first fired in case of lay-offs, is often opposed by the business community, which wants more control over hiring and firing.

The commission’s objection is that there is no time limit on temporary jobs, in violation of an EU directive. Labor Market Minister Sven-Otto Littorin disagrees, and tells Swedish Radio News he sees no reason to change the Swedish legislation.