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  • Sweden’s gender equality barometer 2017 - Time, power and money

    This is a summary of LO’s gender equality report of 2017 “Sweden’s gender equality barometer – Time, power and money”. A report that highlights conditions of work and family life from a class and gender perspective. The aim is to describe the material conditions and power resources that underlie the scope of action available to women and men in different social groups. Or as expressed in the Swedish government’s gender equality policy objectives; the power to shape society and your own life. 

    Area: Welfare issues
    Category: Report
  • EU needs to be changed!

    We cannot accept an EU where we compete with wages and working conditions. Instead, we must fight to ensure that everyone who works in Sweden is treated equally. This is why we demand that a social progress protocol be incorporated in the EU treaties. A social progress protocol that strengthens member states’ control over the labour market. A social progress protocol that guarantees that Swedish wages and working conditions will apply to all who work in Sweden. 

    Area: Collective agreement
    Category: Policy paper
  • The Nordic Model for Dummies

    The Nordic Model for Dummies is based on the NordMod2030 research project, undertaken by the Fafo Institute for Labour and Science Research and a Nordic research team for SAMAK and Foundation for European Progressive Studies FEPS. SAMAK is the Nordic Labour Movement Organisation, with 5 million members from social democratic parties and trade union organisations in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. You will find more on NordMod2030 and SAMAK at www.samak.info. Here you will also find the Sørmarka Declaration “We Build the Nordics”, a social democratic and trade union political roadmap for the future Nordics.  

    Area: Labour market
    Category: Report
  • Full employment and a wage policy of solidarity, report adopted at the 2016 LO Congress

     

    Area: Economy
    Category: Report
  • Presentation: LO, The Swedish Trade Union Confederation

    It all began with a vow: “We do solemnly swear that we will never under any circumstances work for lower wages or under worse conditions than what we now promise one another. We make this vow, in the secure knowledge that if we all are true to our pledge the employer will be forced to meet our demands.” 

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    Category: Report
  • Inequality is bad for business - a progressive agenda for equality

    Allowing income gaps to grow has been detrimental to economic stability in many countries and produced a breeding ground for populism and protectionism. This is a warning bell for all of us who defend openness, international trade and a sound market economy. Inequality is bad for business and sooner or later it leads to mistrust and political upheaval. This is the message of a new LO report presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos, in January 2017. 

    Area: Economy
    Category: Report
  • Beyond dreams and belief

    Based on a number of real-life cases the report illustrates some of the most important mechanisms that contribute to dirty competition , that is competition with lower wages and worse working conditions, in the Swedish labour market. The circumstances and in many cases tragic human destinies described in the report are not unique to Sweden. Throughout Europe, in the EU internal market, various methods of exploiting the differences in pay and terms of employment have emerged.  

    Area: Collective agreement
    Category: Report
  • The model that climbed out the window - on globalisation and the future of the Swedish model (Summary)

    Over time, the expression “the Swedish model” has come to be used to refer to almost everything that may be seen as having distinctive Swedish characteristics. But countries’ different models have historical and cultural roots. People in other countries as a rule prefer “their” model.  

    Area: Collective agreement
    Category: Report
  • We like change – A Progressive Agenda for Future Jobs

    Something new is taking place in labour markets around the world. At least since the end of the 1990s, both low-skill and high-skill jobs are increasing, while middle-skill jobs are decreasing. This is called job polarisation and means that we are moving towards an hourglass-shaped labour market. 

    Area: Economy
    Category: Report
  • LO's Key European Issues 2014-2019 - Full employment, democracy and transparency: 40 proposals for a better EU

    LO's vision is to create an EU that takes the lead in pursuing an economic policy of full employment and sustainable development. For a development that guarantees regulation on the labour market as well as democracy and transparency. 

    Area: International issues
    Category: Report
  • Economic Outlook, Autumn 2014 (Summary)

    More than six years have passed since the acute financial crash in autumn 2008. The international economy is still coloured by the repercussions of the crisis. Central banks have put in place major monetary policy stimulation measures. In the euro area an ill-designed austerity policy has been implemented that has held back economic recovery and counteracted the more active monetary policy.  

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    Category: Fact sheet
  • The Power Elite - Always More, Never Enough

    A Study of income trends for the power elite, 1950-2009 (Summary) 

    Area: Economy
    Category: Report
  • When labour costs squeeze the price - an analysis of public sector investments in infrastructure

    The report analyses three large infrastructure projects in Sweden where the purchasers have consciously and actively worked to hold down costs of infrastrucutre projects. Economic mobility is put before social considerations.  

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    Category: Report
  • Democracy as an obstacle for free movement within the EU

    Is free movement of services compatible with the Swedish Labour market model? In recent years the conflict between the EU’s economic freedoms – freedom of movement of goods, capital, services and persons protected by the Treaties – and basic trade union rights has become increasingly prominent in the European debate.  

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    Category: Report
  • Guest in reality - About posted workers in practice

    In this report we have tried to give a qualified picture of the incidence of posting of foreign workers in the LO (Swedish Trade Union Confederation) affiliates' industries. The report shows that in construction posted workers make up almost 19 per cent of the total workforce and in forestry about 11 per cent. In other industries the percentage of posted workers is more modest. 

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    Category: Report
  • For a Social Europe - introduce a social protocol in the EU Treaty

    Report of the Social Democratic party and the Swedish Trade Union Confederation working Group for a strategy to introduce a social protocol in the EU Treaty. 

    Area:
    Category: Report
  • Opinions on Unions and Work Part 5 year 2011

    The fifth report in the series “Opinions on unions and work” deals with freedom and privileges at work as well as perceived class identity. 

    Area: Organisational issues
    Category: Rapport
  • Opinions on Unions and Work Part 4 year 2011

    The fourth report in the series ‘Opinions on unions and work’ presents employee views on trade union tasks, trade union influence and cooperation between LO and the Social Democratic Party. 

    Area: Organisational issues
    Category: Rapport
  • Opinions on Unions and Work Part 3 year 2011

    The quintessence of trade union strength is having a large number of members who want to be organised in trade unions. But almost equally important is that a large number of members also want to assume trade union assignments and in their capacity as elected union representatives conduct daily trade union work at workplaces. 

    Area: Organisational issues
    Category: Rapport
  • Opinions on Unions and Work Part 2 year 2011

    Views on trade union membership: In the middle of the 1990s almost 90 percent of workers were members of a trade union. Since then there has been a slow but steady decrease of the union membership.  

    Area: Organisational issues
    Category: Rapport
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