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Industrial negotiations could end in strikes

Unions and employers for half a million Swedish workers are a long way from reaching an agreement, say negotiators to Swedish Radio News.

In Sweden collective agreements determine conditions at work and pay levels. They also usually include an agreement not to strike.

The current agreement for industrial workers will expire in November, and if no agreement has been reached, strikes are back on the table. The agreements signed by the powerful industrial unions usually set the tone for later negotiations in other parts of the Swedish job market.

Anders Weihe at the technical employers' organisation says to the radio news that there is disagreement on pay levels, as unions and employers have a different analysis of the current economic climate. The unions, IF Metall and Unionen, are asking for a pay raise of 3.7 per cent.

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