Eight years of increasing gaps at an end - Swedish voters have clearly expressed that they want a new political direction, a new government and a new social democratic prime minister. It is a very positive message, says LO President Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson in a comment on the results of the Swedish general election held on 14 September .
According to an opinion poll carried out recently, the most important issue in the elections is employment/unemployment. LO members are to a large extent convinced that a new political direction for Sweden is necessary.
LO has outlined a programme EU for the coming five years in order to influence EU policies and obtain a better Europe for workers. It consists 40 proposals and Three main areas: full employment, better regulation in the Labour market and more democracy and transparency. “While 26 million people are unemployed in Europe, the EU pursues a narrow austerity policy. This has had devastating consequences for workers all over Europe, especially women. In contrast, LO will instead act for full employment and investments that will generate sustainable growth", says Åsa Janlöv, research officer and European coordinator at the LO international department.