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Union Boss Stefan Löfvén
Economy

Unions Criticize Tariff Deal

Updated 16:54

The metal workers' union IF Metall has criticized the result of the breakthrough in this year's first tariff negotiations. Stefan Löfvén, head of IF Metall, called the agreement between the unions and employers at the industrial sector regrettable. "We are very disappointed. It has been a tradition since the 1980s that all the unions agree on a joint position before they sign agreements with the employers", Löfven was quoted in the Swedish media as saying.

Early Saturday morning, representatives of the unions and employers at the industrial sector had reached a breakthrough in this year's first tariff negotiations. The agreement will come into effect as of 1 April and has duration of 18 months. Employees will see their wages rise by 2.6 percent, but additional local agreements are supposed to increase that rise by at least 0.5 percent. The agreement is expected to have a knock-on effect for the forthcoming tariff negotiations at other sectors. In a first comment, union representative Cecilia Fahlberg said she was satisfied with the deal. "Each and every member will benefit from the pay rise", Fahlberg added. Anders Weihe, one of the employers' representatives, called the agreement "a reasonable deal at the upper edge of the European norm".

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