The Kommunal municipal workers’ union reports that local government workers will get significant new benefits from agreements signed with the SKR and Sobona employer organisations. There will be access to more skills support and student grants to improve professional development, a substantial increase in the occupational pension and greater security for fixed-term employees who will be entitled to transfer to a permanent contract after one year rather than 18 months. A new pension agreement will apply from 1 January 2023 and Kommunal estimates that an increase in the provision of 1.5% will translate into several hundred kronor extra in pension each month. The agreement also maintains current rights for dismissal protection that were otherwise under threat from new legislation. The union believes that the new agreements provides increased opportunities, particularly for women workers to benefit from education and training and change their career path.
Municipal workers get improved job security, transition and pension arrangements
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