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Industrial labor negotiations continue after unions reject offer

Industrial employers and trade unions failed to come to an agreement Sunday night, over the terms that will govern wage increases and other labor conditions for about half a million industrial workers for the next three years.

The parties are continuing to negotiate today, despite the fact that it is a national holiday, but a labor conflict is not out of the question.

Jonas Cohen, a spokesperson for the employers' organization, Teknikföretagen, tells news agency TT he has no idea whether the parties will be able to come to an agreement today. The organization had said yes to the final offer from the mediators, however, all the unions rejected it.

Anders Ferbe, chair of IF Metall, one of the five labor unions involved in the negotiations, tells Swedish Radio News that the level of pay rises on offer was too low, and that certain demands the union has made in order to improve equality were also not being met.

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