Sweden's foreign minister, Margot Wallström, at the annual Folk och Försvar conference in Sälen. Photo: Henrik Montgomery / TT
Sweden's foreign minister, Margot Wallström, at the annual Folk och Försvar conference in Sälen. Photo: Henrik Montgomery / TT

Letter shows Kommunal attempting to influence Wallström

Newspaper Dagens Nyheter has discovered a letter from last December, in which the head of the labour union Kommunal asks Foreign Minister Margot Wallström not to support a decision that could mean pay cuts for staff at the UN. 

In the letter, the head of Kommunal, Annelie Nordström, writes that she is 'deeply worried' about ongoing wage negotiations for employees working at the UN and that the proposed deal would mean 'much lower salaries for the staff'. She then goes on to ask Wallström to review the deal and propose changes.

Only last week, however, Nordström claimed that Kommunal had nothing to gain by offering Wallström to rent one of their apartments. Since then, the National Anti-Corruption Unit has decided to open a preliminary investigation into the circumstances around the apartment and two Swedish MPs have reported Wallström to the Constitutional Committee for signing the contract.

Both Kommunal and Wallström have stated that they welcome the investigation. Wallström told TT on Tuesday that she 'has nothing to hide' and that she thinks that it is 'good that this will all be cleared up'.

Wallström's press secretary, Erik Wirkensjö, tells the newspaper that the letter did not cause the minister or the department to take any action.

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