Emergency agreement implemented across several regions

Sweden

The collective agreement on pay and working time in emergencies is being applied across several regions in response to the continuing spread of the COVID-19 virus. The agreement was negotiated across the public services in 2019 in response to what at the time were the demands placed on fire and rescue services by forest fires. It covers, among other things, the increase of regular working hours to a maximum of 48 hours per week and provides for additional payments with special emergency overtime permitted on top of regular working hours. The agreement also enables the hiring and lending of staff between affected municipalities or regions. Following the start of the pandemic it was first implemented in the Stockholm region in April last year (EPSU Collective Bargaining News, April 2020, No.8).

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