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Swedish women in blue-collar jobs lose out

Swedish women in blue-collar jobs lose out

The gender wage gap continues to narrow in Sweden. But take a closer look at the numbers, and you see that not everyone is part of the positive development. Ahead of the 8th of March, LO again warns that women in blue-collar jobs are lagging behind.

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Lisbeth Dalgaard Svanholm aims to gather big and small employers

Lisbeth Dalgaard Svanholm aims to gather big and small employers

While the Danish trade union movement has got a new main organisation, their counterparts, DA, have got a new female leader who aims to bring together some very different member companies.

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New Norwegian IA agreement: More of the same, but fewer conflicting goals

New Norwegian IA agreement: More of the same, but fewer conflicting goals

After 17 years, the Inclusive Workplace Agreement (IA) was renegotiated and changed in late 2018. No-one still knows for sure how to reduce sick leave levels, but the remedies in the IA agreement will now be available to all companies.

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Danish trade union movement gathers the troops

Danish trade union movement gathers the troops

A joint trade union confederation with all of the country's unions as members? Denmark took a big step in that direction on 1 January.

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What happened to the spirit of consent?

Have we become less good at solving conflicts in the Nordic region? Are we seeing a weakening of the spirit of consent which has made it possible to reach compromises that everyone can live with? This issue of the Nordic Labour Journal looks at the debate in the five Nordic countries.

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Nothing is sacred in the debate about the Swedish model

Nothing is sacred in the debate about the Swedish model

The current Swedish collective agreement does not run out until 2020. That should normally mean a period of calm for the Swedish labour market. But the debate is raging: Big changes to the labour market could be just around the corner, depending on who ends up forming a government.

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Finnish government on collision course with unions

Finnish government on collision course with unions

The conflict between the Finnish government and trade unions over weakening employment protection legislation has led to several political strikes in Finland. The conflict seems to have been solved thanks to classic tripartite negotiations, yet the future of the tripartite model is increasingly unclear.

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Drífa Snædal, Iceland’s new ASÍ leader: Taking the helm in turbulent times

Drífa Snædal, Iceland’s new ASÍ leader: Taking the helm in turbulent times

Icelandic trade unions are going through serious changes. The more than 100 year old Icelandic Confederation of Labour ASÍ has elected a new President – Drífa Snædal. For the first time ever, ASÍ is being led by a woman.

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Theme: Focus on conflict resolution

Theme: Focus on conflict resolution

Politicians, trade union leaders and employers share one thing: Conflict solving forms a large part of their jobs. A society needs to balance work and capital, rules and freedoms, in order to achieve welfare. Tripartite negotiations are central to the Nordic model, says sociologist Mika Helander (above), while Vesa Vihriälä, Managing Director for the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy Etla believes the opposite to be true. NLJ looks at the debate in all of the Nordic countries.

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OECD: The crisis is over, but collective bargaining is needed for wage growth

OECD: The crisis is over, but collective bargaining is needed for wage growth

For the first time, more people are now in work in OECD countries than before the 2008 economic crisis. But the increased employment rate has not led to higher wages. The OECD says collective bargaining represents one of the most important tools for increasing living standards.

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The OECD wants action now: Opportunities for all is the new measure of success

The OECD wants action now: Opportunities for all is the new measure of success

Inequalities are growing. We have plenty of data telling us that – now is the time for action, says the OECD’s Gabriela Ramos. In the report ‘Opportunities for all’, the OECD challenges member countries to fight inequality. “Growth is good, but welfare for all is the true measure of success.” The ETUC’s Luca Visentini will not be happy until he sees a better distribution of wealth being created through collective agreements.

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Earmarked equal pay pool to reduce gender pay gap

Danish trade unions and political parties have proposed to earmark a separate pool of money to increase pay in traditional female occupations. One expert calls it a necessary first step, but warns more is needed to get rid of gender divisions in the labour market altogether.

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Magnus Gissler: Growing international interest for Nordic agreement model

Magnus Gissler: Growing international interest for Nordic agreement model

“In my view the trend has changed, and the interest for and understanding of the Nordic model has grown internationally. This also gives more energy to the Nordic cooperation,” says Magnus Gissler, General Secretary of The Council of Nordic Trade Unions (NFS).

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Three party coalition in Iceland: Tough tasks for new minister

Three party coalition in Iceland: Tough tasks for new minister

There are some tough tasks ahead for Iceland’s new Minister of Social Affairs and Equality Ásmundur Einar Daðason, who is also responsible for labour market issues. The Minister’s most important job will be to maintain peace and understanding in the Icelandic labour market.

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How can the EU’s social pillar be turned into reality?

How can the EU’s social pillar be turned into reality?

The EU summit in Gothenburg was a success for the Swedish hosts, but what will the social pillar mean for Europe’s citizens?

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Danish sharing economy strategy just a first step

Danish sharing economy strategy just a first step

The government’s long-awaited sharing economy strategy is a first, small step towards regulating the sharing economy in Denmark, but the social partners agree more needs to be done.

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TBU at 50: Wage formation – the Norwegian model’s unique attribute

TBU at 50: Wage formation – the Norwegian model’s unique attribute

The basis for the Norwegian version of the Nordic model is a shared understanding of reality before the parties begin wage negotiations. The result has been few conflicts and narrow pay gaps.

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Ragnhild Lied – Head of Nordic trade unions guarding the Nordic model

Ragnhild Lied – Head of Nordic trade unions guarding the Nordic model

Globalisation, technological developments and a changing labour market are all challenges to organised work. Trade union leader Ragnhild Lied is at the frontline fighting labour market crime, the shadow economy, new organisational structures and the weakening of the working environment act.

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Agreement on what constitutes minimum rates of pay for construction workers in Sweden

After nearly ten years of quarrelling, the Swedish trade union for construction workers (Byggnads) and their counterparts at the Swedish Construction Federation (BI) have agreed what the “minimum rates of pay” for constructions workers posted to Sweden should comprise. The parties think the same conditions should apply for public procurement of construction projects.

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Swedish port conflict could lead to change in legislation

A long-running conflict in the port of Gothenburg has made the Swedish government consider changes in regulations covering industrial action. The reason the conflict has lasted for so long is a seemingly unsolvable fight for positions between two trade unions which both represent dockworkers.

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