Fair working conditions
The Government safeguards the Swedish model, which builds on agreement between unions and employers on terms of employment in the labour market. Sweden is also pursuing issues in the EU on fair competition for businesses, and on rights and conditions for EU citizens who are posted to work in Sweden.
Everyone should have a secure job with fair conditions
Government bill proposes more equal treatment of posted workers
The Government has adopted a bill to enable Sweden to implement the EU’s revised Posting of Workers Directive. The Government proposes a range of legislative amendments that will create more equal conditions for posted workers and domestic workers.
Criminal activity in working life
“Criminal activity in working life has no place in our labour market. Society’s view of unscrupulous companies that cheat must continue to be uncomprising. Companies that follow the rules risk being out-competed by unscrupulous actors. The Government is taking a tough stance. It is important to call problems by their proper name. We have a level of criminal activity in working life here in Sweden that exploits people and also functions as a source of income for organised crime,” says Minister for Employment Eva Nordmark.
Fair working conditions for posted workers
It is increasingly common for citizens of other countries to be posted to work in Sweden. The Posting of Workers Directive contains rules for people who are posted to another country by their employer to work there for a limited period.
A work environment policy for the modern working life
The Government's work environment policy for 2016-2020 is to contribute to a work environment that prevents ill health, accidents and people being excluded from working life. Work environment management must take into account people's differing circumstances and contribute to the development of both individuals and operations.
Sweden influences the EU
Free movement is a cornerstone of EU cooperation. Mobility must go hand in hand with social security, a high level of employee protection and good working conditions for all employees, wherever they come from.
Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth
The Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth took place in Gothenburg on 17 November 2017. The seminars and working sessions were webcast live during the Summit and are available on demand in English, French, German and Swedish on socialsummit17.se.
Clear regulations and fair competition in the transport sector
The Government is working to ensure that clear regulations and fair competition guide legislation in the transport sector, resulting in improved working conditions throughout the EU.
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Review of Lex Laval - Summary, SOU 2015:83
The Inquiry on the posting of foreign workers to Sweden makes a number of proposals to safeguard the Swedish labour market model and status of collective agreements in situations involving posted workers. The proposals are proposed to enter into force on 1 January 2017.
A Work Environment Strategy for Modern Working Life 2016–2020, Skr. 2015/16:80
The Government's work environment policy is to contribute to a work environment that prevents ill health, accidents and people being excluded from working life. Work environment management must take into account people's differing circumstances and contribute to the development of both individuals and operations.
Informal European ministerial meeting in Stockholm on fair conditions in the labour market
The issue of fair conditions in the labour market is one of the Government’s overall EU priorities for 2015. It is a question of fair working conditions in the EU internal market. Minister for Employment Ylva Johansson has invited a number of EU colleagues to an informal meeting in Stockholm on 10–11 September 2015 to discuss the issue.
High level meeting on free movement and preventing social dumping
Prime Ministers Charles Michel (Belgium), Xavier Bettel (Luxembourg), Mark Rutte (the Netherlands) and Stefan Löfven (Sweden) will host a roundtable discussion in Brussels on 25 June, on the topics of free movement, fair competition and decent work in the EU.