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Juholt promises 21 concrete points of reform

Juholt promises 21 concrete points of reform

Published: 08 Jul 2011 16:23 GMT+02:00
Updated: 08 Jul 2011 16:23 GMT+02:00

Social Democratic leader Håkan Juholt is promising that his speech in Almedalen on Friday evening will unveil no fewer than 21 concrete points on labour and employment reforms.

Among other things, Juholt wants companies who hire labour migrants to face more rigorous controls.

"We need the Swedish labour market to be neat and tidy," said Juholt to news agency TT.

Referring to an investigation made by a union within the hospitality industry, he claims organised wage dumping is widespread among companies who hire labour migrants from outside the European Union.

The investigation encompasses 54 contracts that the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) has signed with companies who want permission to hire manpower from outside the EU.

In all of these cases another contract, with a lower salary, was later signed with the immigrated employee.

Juholt now wants to assign the Migration Board the task of going through all these contracts.

"If the contracts aren't valid, the companies should be heavily fined. This is an organised wage dumping that the government is just allowing to happen," said Juholt.

Apart from terms of employment, his speech will touch upon both work environment and labour politics. For instance, Juholt wants to see an investment in work environment research.

"We have to move away from the type of work that burns people out," said the Social Democratic head.

Medical research is also something that Juholt wants to put money into.

"A national drive that might put Sweden back at the forefront of medical research," Juholt said.

TT/The Local/cg (news@thelocal.se)

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21:55 July 8, 2011 by The Grand Master
Waste of space party and waste of space leader. Social Democrats are history. They are trying to come up with alternative policies to one of Sweden's most successful governments ever, and the best they can come up with is :

"We have to move away from the type of work that burns people out."

Meaningless drivel......
05:06 July 9, 2011 by engagebrain
Protecting migrant workers from being ripped off is not 'meaningless drivel' .

Medical research is also not 'meaningless drivel'.
11:35 July 9, 2011 by johnny1939
I do not understand why we have to hire workers from outside of the EU for the hospitality industry. We have people in the country that go on unemployment that we can put in these jobs even if it is temporary or as a transition job. Maybe we can save some money this way.

Juholt should shave his moustache off because it makes him look like Stalin even though it is not quite the same. Wonder if he is still shacking up w/ the thief? Mja, Mja
13:21 July 9, 2011 by prince T
We must hire from outside because our people are too lazy to do them. Those people would rather clean than take bidrag. I think Reinfelt is doing a good job, juholt is only banking on the lazy population to vote him in.
15:46 July 9, 2011 by krattan
I have not really made an effort but I find Juholt difficult to grasp. Seems he says more stuff that will make headlines than really putting forward any defined ideas. When I look at the present government I find a lack of vision for the future of Swedish society and I think that if Juholt could present something meaningful here he could succeed.
17:09 July 9, 2011 by McChatter
@ johnny 1939

I agree, he does look a lot like Stalin, especially from close up. Some of his ideas have a waft of Stalin about them as well. Wait for him to start addressing people as "comrades" or "citizens".
18:40 July 9, 2011 by miss79
the present and now goverment sucks..
08:14 July 10, 2011 by The Grand Master
Protecting migrant workers? Maybe concentrate on the 9 million plus Swedes who he's supposed to want to represent. Lots of votes in those migrant workers who er........can't vote-brilliant strategy.

Ah Miss 79, I follow your gems of wisdom closely. This Government sucks?

That would be the Government presiding over the most successful Economy in Europe.......yep, that sucks.
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