Dare to choose the welfare state 2013/04/04
The welfare state is a less stable basis than we often assume. Those middle-aged pay today for the care they will receive when they get old. This is a long-term commitment. If the quality is poor or the system is perceived as unstable, they may be forced to barter away welfare state as strategy. This is explained in LO economists’ new report. Publicly-financed consumption constitutes a large part of the Swedish economy. The value of individual publicly-financed consumption, such as education and health care, represents about 40 per cent of household disposable income.
In spite of decades of work, politicians, trade unions, employers and citizens have not managed to eliminate the prevailing inequality in society. LO now, in its capacity as trade union organisation, makes fresh efforts to boost equality in working life as well as within LO. Still, equality is making slow progress. Men have higher salaries compared to women in nine out of the ten biggest occupational groups. Unpaid work continues to be women’s lot. As regards the parental insurance, few men make use of more than the two stipulated months. Women, on the other side, have not access to power to the same extent as men, neither on boards of directors, nor in unions or politics.
In its annual report, the ILO Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations (CEACR) has found the legislation that Sweden adopted as a result of the EU Court of Justice’s ruling in the Laval case to be in violation of fundamental trade union rights.
Lately we have once again witnessed how workers are exploited under almost slavish conditions in the Swedish labour market. This time focus is on Cameroon guest workers who came to Sweden to afforest with the promise of a salary of SEK 18,500/month (approx. Euro 2,145) and an additional SEK 6,000 (approx. Euro 695) as subsistence allowance. On arrival, the salary agreement was turned into piecework and suddenly they were to receive SEK 0.22 (approx Euro 0.03) per plant. In order to obtain the same amount as the original salary, they would have had to work day and night setting 3,500 plants daily. This is twice as much as an experienced forest worker is capable of doing and this was thus a slave contract.
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Continued work for equal pay 2012/05/26
The Trade Union Vow - in seven languages(2007-05-22)The Swedish Trade Union Confederation - facts and history (2007-05-22)
Privileges and benefits decisive of class and sex
In the fourth report of “Opinions on unions and work”, work-related privileges and benefits are illustrated. Comparisons are made with previous reports made in 1988, 1993, 1998 and 2002. The possibility to take five minutes’ rest from work without asking for permission is a matter of course for many employees. But almost a third of the LO women cannot do that compared to only six per cent of the TCO men (white-collar workers) and SACO men (academics).Read more
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