Trade union Kommunal criticizes some Swedish counties for paying young people too little for summer jobs such as lawnmowing. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/Scanpix.
Swedish counties "stingy"

Student summer jobs wage "unfair"

It is common for young people in Sweden to work over the summers during their school holidays. A recent review from trade union Kommunal shows that summer job wages differ from one county to another, and the differences are "unfair".

In the more generous municipalities in Sweden, young people can earn up to $15 per hour for painting park benches and other temporary summer work. In counties like Mariestad in western Sweden however, young people can get paid less than $5 per hour for the same work.

Johan Abrahamsson, the Moderate Party politician for Mariestad, says that low wages for summer jobs are not something he is proud of.

"We're definitely not proud of the fact that wages are at that level. Over the years we've been trying to increase the number of summer jobs available in Mariestad, rather than the wages", he told Swedish National Radio.

Lenita Granlund, secretary of the trade union Kommunal, says that incentives to get young people into the job market do not justify the low wages.

"This is an injustice, and it is not good. These jobs should be equally valued regardless of where in the country you are", she says.

Kommunal recommend a minimum wage of $8 per hour across all counties in the country.

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