Strike threat leads to better private care deal

Sweden Sweden

(December 2016) Planned strike action by workers in the private healthcare sector, members of the Kommunal union, helped produce an improved offer from the employers' organisation with a new collective agreement keeping pay and conditions in line with the public sector. Following mediation Kommunal was successful in securing an 18-month agreement with a pay increase in line with general trends (SEK 700, EUR 72) and a higher payment (SEK 1200, EUR 123) to nursing assistants to address the undervaluation of the salary of this group of workers. The union and employers also agreed that full-time work would be seen as the norm in future.

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