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Ola Månsson, for union Byggnads, shakes hands with the CEO of the Sveriges Byhhindustrier on Monday evening. Photo: Fredrik Persson/Scanpix

No strike on building sites

The builders' union has reached a deal with the employers' association, meaning there will be no strike today.

Swedish Radio News reports that both representatives were "noticeably relieved" to sign an agreement on Monday evening.

"We cannot have conflicts in the Swedish building industry", says employers' representative Ola Månsson.

He has agreed to the union demand, that construction firms make sure that their subcontractors also follow labour laws and collective agreements. This issue will now be overseen by a working group.

The head of the builders' union, Johan Lindholm, says to news agency TT that Sweden is following its its Nordic neighbours in making sure that companies take responsibility for their subcontractors.

A strike would have meant 3,000 workers, in 160 workplaces, downing tools.

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