The strike would have shut Stockholm's red line on the city metro. Photo: Hasse Holmberg/Scanpix

Train strike averted as agreement signed

There will be no train strike in Sweden's major cities tomorrow. An agreement has been reached between labour union Seko and the employers' organisation Almega, reports news agency TT, from an Almega press release.

The new collective agreement for Seko will mean train drivers on Stockholm's metro gaining a 6.8 per cent pay rise over three years, the same as the other major agreements signed this year.

Rule on extra pay for parental leave have also been agreed. The employers say they have responded in order to avoid the strike, but say that they now have a short time to carry out their modernisation plans.

The union says it is "a great victory", and that they are pleased to have protected their members from worsening conditions. "We have, together with Almega, taken responsibility for the Swedish Model, built on strong collective agreements," says the union chair in a press release.

A parallel bus strike is still ongoing.

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