05 May 2014
The National Mediation Office (MI ) in Sweden recently released its yearly report, revealing a trend towards collective agreements that set no fixed pay increase during the bargaining round of 2013. Although this trend has been seen in previous years, the increase in 2013 was significant.  http://www.mi.se/
24 July 2012
Overtime is classed as the number of working hours beyond the normal 40-hour week. In Sweden overtime is regulated by law and employees must not work more than 200 hours of overtime a year or 50 hours a month. However, the law also allows for companies and employees to renegotiate these rules, meaning overtime is effectively regulated by collective agreements.
04 April 2012
Factors that underpin the development of multiple sclerosis (MS) have been extensively researched and today we know that the susceptibility to MS depends on both genetic and environmental factors. It has also been found that young immigrants who move from a low risk country to a high risk country take on the risk of the host country, suggesting that exposure to environmental factors at a young age elevates the risk of developing MS.
20 March 2012
Sweden was one of the four European Union member states that threatened to overturn an EU 27 agreement to help strengthen the euro. However, having taken a stand against the pact, the Swedish government and Swedish Social Democrats (Socialdemokraterna ) finally accepted it on 27 January 2012. After clearance from the Swedish parliament’s EU committee to approve protocol changes agreed by the eurozone countries, Sweden decided not to stand in the way of the pact.  http://www.socialdemokraterna.se/
20 February 2012
On 17 December 2011, the Swedish Forest Industries Federation (Skogsindustrierna ) and the Swedish Paper Workers’ Union (Pappers ) reached a new collective agreement for 15,000 blue-collar workers within the pulp and paper industry in Sweden valid from 1 February 2012 to 31 March 2013.  http://www.forestindustries.se/web/About_us.aspx  http://www.pappers.se/home/da/content.nsf/aget?openagent&key=swedish_paper_workers_union_1296047313140
29 January 2012
09 November 2011
According to Eurostat figures , the harmonised unemployment rate of young people (aged 15–24) in August 2011 was 23% in Sweden compared with the EU27 average of 20.9%. The high unemployment rate is frequently debated and is seen as one of the major failures of the Swedish labour market. While all actors across the labour and policy spectrums consider it vital to find ways to break the self-enforcing trend of unemployment and social exclusion  among young people, they have different views about both what causes the problem and how to combat it.  http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page/portal/employment_unemployment_lfs/introduction  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/social-exclusion
31 October 2011
In the bargaining round of 2007 the Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO ) introduced a ‘gender equality fund’ in their central agreement as a way to address the gender pay gap. The fund was introduced because previous central agreements had not helped improve wage equality (SE1006019I ), despite employer and employee representatives agreeing on certain wage increases within a fixed time period.  http://www.lo.se/  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/industrial-relations/wage-bargaining-round-for-2010-concludes
20 October 2011
GörranArrius, former Chair ofthe Swedish Union of University Graduates(Jusek ), assumed his position at the Swedish Federation of Professional Associations (SACO ) at the end of August 2011. In this new role, his aim will be to focus more on individuals and less on the collective, which primarily means setting individual wage rates.  http://www.jusek.se/templates/JK_SimplePage.aspx?id=48947  http://saco.se/en
20 October 2011
During the 2011–2012 bargaining round, over 500 of Sweden’s 650 collective agreements will be up for renewal, affecting roughly 2.8 million employees. This is the biggest round in recent years.