Sweden -Debate universal applicability of collective agreement re-opened -December 11, 2013

Trade unions and employers organisations in the transport sector have made known they will embark on a study visit to Norway and Finland to investigate their respective systems of declaring collective agreements universally applicable. Like the Danes, Swedish social partners have traditionally been against universal applicability, preferring to leave participation in collective agreements voluntary. In the transport sector, however, increased competition has prompted fears that the current system will undermine employers who offer decent working conditions. The social partners note that foreign transport companies, registered in other EU member states, are running domestic routes while paying inferior wages and disrespecting working hours in the collective agreement. Officially, cabotage rules only allow foreign companies to run limited domestic routes to avoid empty trucks returning home, but social partners report that these rules are often ignored. Unions and employers also report falling collective agreement coverage in the taxi business, as contacts for publicly funded transport (amongst others for people who are ill or disabled) are only awarded to the lowest bidder.

English: http://www.nordiclabourjournal.org/nyheter/news-2013/article.2013-12-10 ...  

 

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


News Archive

Loading...