Union welcomes improvements in new emergency agreement

Sweden

Municipal workers’ union Kommunal has welcomed new provisions in the crisis agreement negotiated with local and regional government employers. The agreement can be activated temporarily by the employers and was originally developed to deal with large forest fires but has been extended to any major crises such as floods, fires, electricity supply cuts or pandemics. The new agreement applies from 1 July and now limits how long an individual can be assigned to the agreement to ensure a proper recovery period. The main changes include: an employer may only activate the agreement if there is a need and special requirements are met and it expires if no one has been assigned in seven days; an employee can be assigned for a maximum of eight weeks; immediately after the last shift there must be 36 hours of rest within three days at the latest; and compensation is increased to 130% of salary with 180% for emergency overtime.

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