Jonas Sjöstedt gave his summer speech to a crowd of around 300, Photo: Anna-Karin Drugge/Scanpix
jonas sjöstedt's first summer speech as left leader

"No temps after lay-offs"

Around 300 people gathered in Umeå in northern Sweden Sunday afternoon to hear Jonas Sjöstedt make his first summer speech as leader of the opposition Left Party.

The labor market and working conditions were  high on the agenda, and joining Sjöstedt was the party’s labor market spokesperson Josefin Brink.

Sjöstedt said the Left Party plans to introduce legislation to forbid employers from replacing laid-off workers with agency temps. The Left also wants to place a time limit on how long temp agencies can place workers at a particular company.

Writing in the newspaper Aftonbladet Sunday, Sjöstedt said the Left Party wants to make the increasing insecurity and stress of working life more  visible. He makes a number of proposals, including the ending of the government’s controversial program where the unemployed lose their benefits after 450 days.

After half a year with Sjöstedt as party leader the Left Party remains stable at 5.5 percent support in the polls.

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