Belal Alshaghouri
Belal Alshaghouri has a "new start job" in the construction sector. Photo: Anders Jelmin/Sveriges Radio

Union negotiations could create job system for immigrants and unemployed

Unions and employers are seeking a deal over establishing salary levels for immigrants, with employers keen to avoid legislation on the issue.

Union and employer representatives are to meet today in a bid to reach agreement on a programme designed to make it easier for immigrants and the long-term unemployed to find work.

The increase in immigration to Sweden, especially in 2015, has increased pressure to find ways to make it easier for new arrivals to enter the labour market. However, with the Swedish economy performing so strongly, critics argue whether such measures are necessary.

  • Employers have proposed the establishment of "getting started jobs", under which companies would contribute some SEK 8,000 to employees' monthly salaries, with the government contributing a further SEK 8,000.
  • Unions are proposing a more training-based programme.

The talks will tackle issues such as how long such positions would be made available before being made permanent.

The parties hope to reach agreement before the end of the year, prior to making a single, unified demand to government that would include, for example, the provision of Swedish language classes, subsidies, and tax relief.


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