The first of May is the major day for workers and unions in much of the world. Here in Sweden, where the unions’ own political party, the Social Democrats, have been in power for much of the past century, the day is huge, with marches and rallies around the country, and speeches by the luminaries of the movement.
This year May Day ought to be big. The party has been in opposition for almost three years, and until very recently the Social Democrats and their allies were way ahead of the center-right government in the polls, at times by as much as 15 percentage points.
But all that has changed and on the eve of their big day the party and the trade union movement seem to be floundering.