Sweden - Union rejects calls for pay cuts - July 15, 2009

The Kommunal union has warned that the crisis has already spread from the private sector to the public sector as care workers have been losing their jobs.

A survey carried out by the union suggests 7,500 care jobs have already been cut, while the SKL local and regional government employers' association predicts 15,000 job cuts this year and next.

The union points out that those losing their jobs are invariably women on part-time and precarious contracts; it stresses that employers are finding it easy to cut jobs, particularly among fixed-term and agency workers.

Kommunal wants to see increased funding for care services from the central government and rejects any notion of a pay cut for care workers.

Sweden - Union rejects any calls for pay cuts among care workers at www.epsu.org

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