Elisabeth Svantesson. Photo: Vilhelm Stokstad / TT
Elisabeth Svantesson. File photo: Vilhelm Stokstad / TT

Moderates: pave the way for more basic jobs

The conservative Moderates announced at a press conference on Thursday that they want to see new measures to make it easier for young people and new arrivals to find work.

The scheme would involve creating a class of jobs in which people can be paid less, and according to news agency TT, the Moderates say labor unions would not need to be involved in negotiations.

The ideas that Elisabeth Svantesson, the party's labor market spokesperson, and Tomas Tobé, the party chair, presented today built on the Moderates' plan for people under the age of 23, who have not graduated from high school, and new arrivals, entering the job market.

The Moderates suggest that in these cases, a full-time job would only be partly paid by the employer; 25 to 40 percent of the job would comprise of unpaid education or internship. The Swedish Employment Service would not need to be very involved, according to the Moderates, and labor unions and employers would not need to negotiate.

Tobé said that in the past, negotiations have resulted in very few jobs, because things got so complicated.

Conditions for these types of jobs would be outlined in an agreement between the employee and the employer, the Moderates said, and the training component would happen either on the job, or as adult education through Komvux, for example.

The proposal, which the Moderates have simplified since it was first presented this summer, would entail adding a new form of temporary employment, which could last for up to 18 months, to the Employment Protection Act.

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