Wanja Lundby-Wedin, head of the LO union federation
unemployment benefit

Unions Slam Government’s Inaction

The main unions have hit out at the government over its inaction on unemployment benefit. The unions want more state subsidies for the union-administered unemployment schemes, due to rising jobless numbers in Sweden.

After a meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Fredrick Reinfeldt on Monday the head of the LO union federation Wanja Lundby-Wedin said that his inaction shows that the government is not prepared to do anything before the next election.

The unions also want more money for local government and lower fees for the unemployment schemes. But Prime Minister Reinfeldt says that he has to be mindful of the condition of Sweden’s state finances, and not undertake spending that could lead to tax rises and cuts in welfare.

And on Tuesday Social Democrat leader Mona Sahlin said that if her party wins the next election they certainly will increase state support for unemployment benefit.

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