Left party leader Jonas Sjöstedt. Photo: Bertil Enevåg Ericson/TT.

Left party to campaign on banning welfare profits

The Left party concluded its congress Sunday evening in Stockholm, having decided that its key issue going into the elections will be its stance on stopping companies making a profit from tax-subsidised welfare.

"We're against the profit motive," party leader Jonas Sjöstedt tells news agency TT, "but we're positive to well-run foundations and cooperatives that reinvest the profits. I want us to be clear, and that's what we were today."

The question of pushing for a six-hour work day also came up. Participants in the congress scolded the party leadership for not doing more on this issue.

"We really want to show that it's feasible," says Sjöstedt, "and that there's room for it within the economic framework."

There was not enough time for the party to formulate a statement ahead of the EU elections, so that will be handled by the party's leadership later. However, the congress did discuss who to nominate as candidates in that election, and decided that the top choice should be Malin Björk.

Mikael Gustafsson is currently the lone MEP for the Left Party. As second choice he is unlikely to be re-elected, unless the party increases its vote in the EU Parliament election on May 25th.

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