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Construction strike averted

Published måndag 18 mars 2013 kl 10.18
Strike action could hit 160 sites across Sweden. Photo: Hannes Ewehag/Sveriges Radio.

Strike action in the Swedish construction sector has been averted with the intervention of the Swedish National Mediation Office - only the fourth time the agency has done so since 2000.

A nation-wide builders strike had been called for Tuesday, that would have affected some 160 construction sites across Sweden.

According to Swedish news agency TT, negotiators representing the builders' union Byggnads, and employers represented by Svenska Byggindustrier now have until April 2nd to resolve the dispute, at which point strike action may be called.

Byggnads is demanding that construction companies guarantee that all subcontractors offer employment conditions in line with collective bargaining agreements.

If the strike goes ahead, it would hit building work on the new Karolinska hospital in Stockholm, and work on the E4 motorway around Sundsvall and Umeå airport.

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