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

Sjöstedt: No temps after lay-offs

Venture capital investments in the public sector and the use of temp agencies to replace laid-off workers were among the targets when Jonas Sjöstedt gave his first speech as leader of the opposition Left Party Sunday.

Around 300 people gathered in the northern city of Umeå to hear the speech. The emphasis was on the labor market and working conditions, and joining Sjöstedt was the party’s labor market spokesperson Josefin Brink.

Sjöstedt said the Left Party wants “a powerful ban” on employers replacing laid-off workers with agency temps. The Left also wants unions to be able to veto the use of temps, and to place a time limit on how long temp agencies can place workers at a particular company.

Jonas Sjöstedt said that if the Left was in power venture capital companies would not be allowed to own and profit from healthcare facilities in Sweden, and he compared the debate on the issue in Sweden to the situation in the United States, where he said, companies hire politicians to lobby in their favor.

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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