Sweden: Debate on the third month of paternity leave

Social partners in Sweden continue to debate the issue of a third month of paternity leave.

The Swedish government’s budget, which was voted down by the parliament in November 2014, included provision for a third month of paternity leave to be introduced. The centre-right budget, which was eventually passed for 2015, omitted the plans.

A joint statement by the Swedish Confederation of Professional Employees (TCO), the Swedish Federation of Trade Unions (LO) and the Swedish Confederation of Professional Associations (SACO) said that they would continue to lobby for a third month of paternity leave as well as for a rise in unemployment insurance compensation levels.

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