Sweden -Train strike ends at Southern Sweden -June 27, 2014

Employees of Veolia, operating trains in Southern Sweden, went on indefinite strike, effectively halting transport in the region and stranding over 75,000 passengers. The workers called the strike after they were fired only to be re-hired under worse working conditions.

Employees of Veolia, operating trains in Southern Sweden, went on indefinite strike, effectively halting transport in the region and stranding over 75,000 passengers. The workers called the strike after they were fired only to be re-hired under worse working conditions. The drivers and ticket collectors, who were employed as salaries workers on full time contract, found themselves in contracts defining them as waged and on-call labourers. Workers reported that they were expected to be reachable 24/7 for the company and that not picking up a phone call resulted in being blacklisted. The dispute ended in a trade union victory. The transport union SEKO will be able to limit the use of contractual, part-time employment – which will help it to prevent a spiral downwards in workers’ terms and conditions.

English: http://www.itfglobal.org/news-online/index.cfm/newsdetail/10621 

 

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