Sweden - Labour market model under pressure - August 31, 2016

With a majority of IT companies not joining collective bargaining, the labour market model with collective bargaining agreements that have helped deliver moderate pay increases and high minimum wages comes under pressure. As many as two thirds of firms operating in the IT sector do not sign collective agreements because they do not find them flexible or attractive enough. Tension is increasing in a labour market that has used industrial workers’ salaries since the 1990s as a benchmark for wage increases across the board. Manufacturing jobs have been disappearing, falling by about 22% to below 600,000 since 1996.

English: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-22/swedes-with-big-pay-dreams …  

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, Willy De Backer wdebacker@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. Since June 2013 readers can consult our archive and search through all articles in our database at www.cbnarchive.euYou may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.

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