Industrial Relations

Paper Strike Over

The paper and pulp workers' strike is over, according to Swedish news agency TT. Unions and employers have been sitting in negotiations all day, and have reached a settlement, meaning the planned extension of industrial action Monday evening has been cancelled.

The strike, over a new collective agreement regulating wages and working conditions, started on April 16th, and was due to be expanded had the two sides not come to an agreement this evening.

The deal gives the paper mill workers a 3.3% pay rise over 22 months, extra cash for those on the lowest wages, agreements on the use of outsourced workers, and a pension deal.

Meanwhile, negotiations between electricians unions and employers are still stuck, and the union is threatening to expand the ongoing strike, where electricians are refusing to carry out repair works on hydro power stations since the beginning of last week.

The employers say it is impossible to reach an agreement as long as the unions are demanding a pay rise above the norm in the industry. The unions say their sector is not in crisis, and that they therefore do not have to agree to what they call a "crisis agreement".

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