Unions taking different approaches to working time

Denmark Finland Norway Sweden

Following the article on Iceland, the latest in the series of articles on working time commissioned by EPSU from the Labour Research Department focuses on developments in the other Nordic countries. While several unions in Sweden have put shorter working time on the bargaining agenda (see also article on Sweden in this newsletter), there are only a few cases in social care where a shorter working week has been implemented. In Norway and Denmark the priority has been more to ensure that workers in health and care and other services have the right to full-time working although there are some experiments with flexible working hours in local government in Denmark. In Finland, any moves towards a shorter working week are now off the agenda as unions resist the anti-worker programme of the right-wing government.

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