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Bettina Johansson, Regional Director of the Union, calls on the next government to talk with the social partners than to change employment security through law.
We are facing a cyclical downturn, while automation changes the labor market and places entirely new demands on the possibilities for conversion. The next government must break the action paralysis and implement comprehensive reforms to strengthen workers and Swedish competitiveness.
The Union is Sweden's largest union. We organize 650,000 civil servants in the private sector, many of which are in the forefront of technological development and operate in a global arena.
For us it is crucial to understand how the outside world affects the conditions of the companies and what is in the cards in the future. In order for the Swedish economy to develop well, it is important to address the problems that hamper economic development and increase the risks of a recession. The Swedish party model is the main guarantor of stability and growth.
Through responsible parties, employers and employees have for decades laid the foundations for the community building that made Sweden a leading knowledge nation. The Union will take our responsibility to meet development, but it is also required that politicians take their part.
The Union has identified a number of actions that the next government should take promptly.
• Facilitate entry into the labor market. Unemployment among home-grown workers has in practice been at the bottom while foreign-born have great difficulties. Fackers and employers have a long history of strengthening Swedish competitiveness through negotiations. The establishment job is an example, which will make it easier for new arrivals and long-term unemployed to enter a foot in the labor market under shady conditions.
• Secure the provision of skills. Nearly half of the country's private officials need further training, which it can not get from their employers. But the obstacles are many. There must be more places for education at colleges / universities that are adapted to the conditions and needs of professional workers. The university also needs resources to carry out validation of vocational qualifications and the student system must be reformed.
• Make the transition easier. Tour rules are often accused of leading to a rigid labor market, where competence does not matter. It's a myth. Through collective agreements, companies have good opportunities to maintain the necessary skills when they are pulled down. However, it is based on the fact that the rules of turmoil are there as a basis for negotiation.
Changing the rules of legislation through legislation would drastically change the rules of the Swedish labor market and risk reversing much of what made the work successful. Instead, the next government should sit down and discuss how we can best cooperate to equip labor for the future.
It is in good times that we should plan for the worse and speak a lot because it does not get any better than this. And it is the next government's intention to strengthen Sweden for tomorrow's labor market.
Joakim Ravemyr, Regional President Union Southeast
Bettina Johansson, Regional Manager