Stefan Löfven at a press conference in Bommersvik. Foto: Henrik Montogmery/TT.
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Photo: Henrik Montogmery/TT.
Sigmar Gabriel, the leader of the Social Democrats in Germany (left), and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. Photo: Bertil Ericson / TT
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Sigmar Gabriel, the leader of the Social Democrats in Germany (left), and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. Photo: Bertil Ericson / TT

Löfven: EU labor rules need stronger social dimension

The Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven wants top leaders in the EU to meet to discuss labor conditions.

Löfven met today and yesterday with Sigmar Gabriel and Werner Fayman, the leaders of the Social Democrats in Germany and Austria, respectively, whom he had invited to Bommersvik.

"We want to create a working group to start pushing, together, questions about good (labor) conditions," Löfven told Swedish Radio news, adding, "people need to be treated well."

One thing they want to look at is the Posting of Workers Directive, which concerns conditions for people working in an EU country other than their own. In the long run, they hope for it to include a stronger "social dimension," reports news agency TT.

Sigmar Gabriel said that they want to see equal pay for equal work at the same workplace, reports TT. He gave the example of the Hamburg harbor, and said it was not possible to manage on a Romanian, Bulgarian or Portuguese salary in Hamburg.

However, a number of EU countries, particularly in the east, don't want to change the directive, because they feel it would hurt their citizens' chances to work in other EU countries.

The three Social Democrat leaders feel they have the support of the President of the EU Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.

In the spring, the group plans to meet in Vienna.

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