Trade union movement sceptical about four-party agreement

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A four-party deal hammered out to give the Social Democrats another term in government has come under fire from the nation's largest union umbrella group, which fears it will increase inequality and undermine labour relations.

The president of the trade union confederation LO, Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson criticised tax cuts "for really rich people" that is part of the 16-page policy document, agreed on by the Social Democrats, the Greens, the Liberal and the Center Party.

Thorwaldsson told Radio Sweden he resents the wording in the document regarding reforms for labour laws.

"We realise that employers need more flexibility, but we want to negotiate the rules together with the employers, and not have intervention from the government all the time," he said.

And though he is pleased about the prospect of a continued Social Democrat government, Thorwaldsson sees a challenge in explaining the future policies to the trade union members.

"I think a lot of them will be confused whether this is what the Social Democrats want, or if it is solutions that they need to do to be in power," he said.

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