working conditions

Union wants to stop 'split shifts'

Up to one hundred thousand members of the Kommunal blue collar union are forced to work split shifts, meaning they are often at work for long periods during the day, but only get paid for a few hours.

The system is most common among bus drivers and in the Swedish health service, according to a new report from the union. News agency TT reports that trying to cut back on split shifts will be one of Kommunal's main priorities in upcoming talks with employers.

A typical split shift can mean workers doing a shift in the morning, having a couple of hours off, and then another shift later in the afternoon.

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