• Sweden edition
 
Reinfeldt slams proposal to lower youth wages

Reinfeldt slams proposal to lower youth wages

Published: 04 Apr 2012 08:11 GMT+02:00
Updated: 04 Apr 2012 08:11 GMT+02:00

The proposal was put forward by Liberal Party leader Jan Björklund in mid-March.

Björklund urged other party leaders to "be pioneers" and to introduce youth wages, which were proposed to be at 75 percent of a regular starting salary, and aimed towards young people up to the age of 23.

However, Reinfeldt has slammed the Liberal leader's idea in an interview with newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN) on Wednesday.

"We don't reduce wages in Sweden, we raise them," he said.

"The Moderate party does not endorse pay cuts. We advocate higher wages and other methods to lower thresholds for groups that have difficulty entering the workforce."

Furthermore, the prime minister has urged other politicians from municipalities around Sweden to also reject the proposal.

However, statistics are not currently in Reinfeldt's favour. Since 2006 when he came into office, unemployment among 20-24-year-olds has increased from 16.6 percent to 18.2 percent, according to Statistics Sweden (Statistiska centralbyrån, SCB).

These figures, according to Björklund, are simply too high.

"It's better that a 19-year-old gets a job, even if it's not as well paid, than that 19-year-olds should have to go unemployed and on social welfare," Björklund said in March.

However, Reinfeldt argued that the problem with Swedish unemployment does not lie within the youth workforce, rather, that Sweden has "structural unemployment" in certain parts of the population, which he lists as the disabled, youth, and especially the foreign born.

He stated that the largest unemployment rate in Sweden is among the foreign born youth, however, that this did not mean there was "mass-unemployment" as Björklund had suggested.

"If you look at the traditional measure of ethnic born Swedes between 20-64, you will see a very low unemployment rate," he told the paper.

The Local/og (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

08:50 April 4, 2012 by Happy Expat
"He stated that the largest unemployment rate in Sweden is among the foreign born youth, however, that this did not mean there was "mass-unemployment" as Björklund had suggested.

"If you look at the traditional measure of ethnic born Swedes between 20-64, you will see a very low unemployment rate," he told the paper."

In other words "Institutionalised Racial Prejudice" - structural unemployment which the government will do nothing to prevent.
10:16 April 4, 2012 by Abe L
lol, what an idiot. You don't solve unemployment with lower wages, you solve it with giving employer more rights to get rid of bad apples. It's horribly expensive and complicated to fire staff in Sweden that doesn't perform on par. At the same time address the broken reward system, so that people who do work hard and go the extra mile get payed more. And at the same time the government can help the industry create more jobs, either by investing in it or simply nationalizing some industries.

Lowering wages is about the worst thing you can do, people don't want to work hard for nothing - this will just demotivate young people even more and cause them not to make good efforts. Especially young people have tons of expenses on an already lower wages then more experienced people, at the point in your life you have to get everything as you come out with nothing after college. So now you have to get a house, car pay your bills and living while the government is trying to have you make less. Good thinking!
11:06 April 4, 2012 by Happy Expat
@#1 Abe, Whilst I empathise with much of what you are saying, you have to realise that very few leave college and immediately acquire cars & houses and the other symbols of success. That comes much later after having learned to temper our aspirations with the reality that it will take a while to succeed!
13:46 April 4, 2012 by Great Scott
"We don't reduce wages in Sweden, we raise them," he said.

What a lying hypercritic. Sweden has one of the highest rates of unemployment in Europe. If you are unemployed in Sweden you are forced to work on the atrocious phase 3 program. Companies can then use you as free labour, supplied by the government. Sweden's unemployed are working for very little, in many cases young people are receiving as little as 3,000kr per Month in unemployment benefit. It is not their fault that there are no jobs open them, Sweden does not have many job opportunities. Any job that comes up is filled by a phase 3 worker and while this immoral practice persists companies will continue to use free labour. Furthermore these companies are being paid 5,000kr of tax payer's money per month for every unemployed person taken on.

The only way to reduce unemployment in Sweden is to scrap this appalling disgrace, companies will then employ and pay people a decent wage.
13:55 April 4, 2012 by Swedishmyth
I don't understand. Why would a politician be asked to lower or raise anybody's wages? Is this the Soviet Union?
14:06 April 4, 2012 by hackie
"He stated that the largest unemployment rate in Sweden is among the foreign born youth, however, that this did not mean there was "mass-unemployment" as Björklund had suggested.

"If you look at the traditional measure of ethnic born Swedes between 20-64, you will see a very low unemployment rate," he told the paper."

I don't expect this from the prime minister of a country. I am highly disappointed after reading the lines in quote. That means the foreign born swedes should not be treated as equals with the ethnic born Swedes? Sweden claims to be a country that respects human right but the Reinfeldt is totally against that. Once again, I am highly disappointed in the PM for making such a vague statement.
15:41 April 4, 2012 by RobinHood
@Hackie

The Prime Minister was simpling quoting the statistical truth that here is a huge difference between unemployed young native Swedes, and unemployed young immigrants. Denying that truth won't help anyone.

If anything is to be done about the hundreds of thousands of unemployed young (and even old) immigrants to Sweden, it is first necessary to admit that they exist, and that they have a problem finding jobs. Pretending otherwise for PC reasons is not a viable solution. Finding out why young and old immigrants are unfit or unable to work in Sweden's modern economy, and doing something about it, is far more important than protecting your personal sensitivities.

There are hundreds of thousands more immigrants coming to Sweden over the next few years. Reinfeldt recognises that unless they can be made fit for work urgently, they are going to have a very bleak future here, and the already overburdened Swedish taxpayer is going to have to carry their deadweight for the rest of their lives. He is quite right to identify and face up to the problem or unemployed immigrant youth. How he is going to fix it, is beyond me.
16:57 April 4, 2012 by Swedishmyth
Swedes will not accept immigrants as equals in the job marketplace until the government drops its ideology of multiculturalism and welfare immigration. There will be no goodwill from native Swedes while they are still forced to pay for more welfare and increased violent crime.
21:29 April 4, 2012 by esvahnt
i think these immigrants should not tolerate this discrimination and go back to their own countries as soon as they can
22:58 April 4, 2012 by DAVID T
Very simple - stop letting them in - obviously they are not needed or wanted so why keep letting them in?
10:46 April 5, 2012 by aspa
Wow! Is very impressing how fast they learn from Greece! It seems that the experiment works...
Today's headlines
New coalition
New coalition reveals 'compromise' budget
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Green Party leader Åsa Romson. Photo: TT

New coalition reveals 'compromise' budget

UPDATED: Prime Minister Stefan Löfven's Social Democrat-led coalition has revealed its first budget proposal, listing plans to spend more than 20 billion kronor. READ  

Weather
Sweden braces for ten centimetres of snow
Kiruna, in far northern Sweden, has already been hit by snow this season. Photo: TT

Sweden braces for ten centimetres of snow

Sweden's weather agency has warned that up to ten centimetres of snow are on the way for Sweden. READ  

Business and Money
Global profit boost for Handelsbanken
Handelsbanken is Sweden's second largest bank. Photo: Bertil Eriksson/TT

Global profit boost for Handelsbanken

Sweden's second-largest bank, Handelsbanken, has reported a rise in third-quarter profits, boosted by higher income from its loan book as it continues its expansion overseas. READ  

Stockholm 'sub hunt'
Sweden pulls back 'submarine' search
Navy vessels remain in the archipelago. Photo: Lars Pehrson/TT

Sweden pulls back 'submarine' search

Sweden is pulling back part of the naval operation which has been searching for a suspected Russian submarine off the coast of Stockholm for nearly a week. READ  

Julian Assange
Assange prepares for court ruling
Julian Assange at Ecuador's embassy in the UK. Photo: Anthony Devlin

Assange prepares for court ruling

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he is "confident" his asylum status will be resolved, as he awaits an imminent ruling on his case by a Swedish court. READ  

Opinion
'Why were we kept in the dark for years?'
The submarine hunt is now in it's sixth day. Photo: TT

'Why were we kept in the dark for years?'

Military expert Johanne Hildebrandt tells The Local that the biggest question in the Stockholm submarine hunt hasn't been answered yet - why don't we know more about the "other operations" from the last few years? READ  

The Local List
Eight things to love about renting in Sweden
Apartments in Sweden are compact. Photo: Shutterstock

Eight things to love about renting in Sweden

A housing crisis means that short-term sublets are the norm in major cities and rent regulation rules are frequently flouted. But this week, The Local's decided to look on the bright side of renting an apartment in Sweden. READ  

Business & Money
Nordea banks big third-quarter profit gain
Nordea's Chief Executive Christian Clausen. Photo: TT

Nordea banks big third-quarter profit gain

Swedish bank Nordea announced on Wednesday a sharp rise in third quarter profits despite the economic slowdown and major outlays for an IT overhaul. READ  

National
Knutby priest faces early release from prison
Knutby in eastern Sweden, the scene of the murder. Photo: TT

Knutby priest faces early release from prison

A former priest in eastern Sweden who was sentenced to life in prison for organizing the murder of his wife has had his sentence reduced. READ  

Opinion
'Sweden will see Russia as a threat again'

'Sweden will see Russia as a threat again'

The Local speaks to one of Europe's leading security experts about why social media meant the Swedish military couldn't keep their 'submarine' search a secret and how she believes the country will ramp up its security against Russia. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Lifestyle
Eight things to love about renting a Swedish apartment
National
Vasa ship cannon blasted in Sweden
National
Sub hunt: Day-by-day
National
Sub hunt: Stockholm islanders share their fears with The Local
Sponsored Article
The best options for oversea transfers
Blog updates

21 October

Denna & den här (The Swedish Teacher) »

"?Denna? or ?den hr?? Swedish language students often ask question about different pronouns. One pronoun that especially..." READ »

 

19 October

Getting it (Blogweiser) »

"Follow Joel Sherwood on FB Few watch baseball in Sweden. This is excellent when your team loses..." READ »

 
 
 
National
Get 20% off unique Swedish homeware
National
Dentist gives free care to Roma beggars
Business & Money
Get your own office in Gothenburg or Stockholm - free for a day
Gallery
Property of the week: Malmö
Gallery
PHOTOS: 'Foreign activity' in Swedish waters
Gallery
People-watching: October 19th
TT
Society
QUIZ: How good is your Swedish?
Lifestyle
What's on in Sweden: October 17th - 24th
Society
The nudity... and nine other things expat men notice in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 15th
Gallery
Your views: Should outdoor smoking be banned in Sweden?
Business & Money
Sweden has 'large hole' in finances
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Finding a job in Stockholm
Society
Monster salmon caught in northern Sweden
Gallery
Property of the week: Lorensberg
National
Scandinavia's child bride
National
Ebola crisis: How is Sweden preparing?
Business & Money
How Sweden is becoming a cashless society
Gallery
Stockholm Burlesque Festival 2014
National
How a little red horse became a symbol for Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 12th
Business & Money
The hottest start-ups from southern Sweden
National
What's on in Sweden: October 10th - 17th
National
Stockholm is 'best' region for well-being
Gallery
People-watching: October 8th
National
Five facts to know about Patrick Modiano
Society
My Swedish Career: A French fashionista in Sweden
Society
Swede's anti-bully Facebook tale goes viral
Society
Have you seen Sweden's viral subway cancer campaign?
National
Isis: Swedes linked to Turkish prisoner swap
National
Should Swedes be banned from buying sex abroad?
Gallery
Fredrik Reinfeldt's leaving presents
National
Five Swedish TV shows you shouldn't miss
Gallery
A tool belt, a casserole, and a book. Fredrik Reinfeldt's parliament gifts
TT
Lifestyle
Top five winter festivals in Sweden
TT
National
Sami reindeer herders win mine reprieve
Gallery
Property of the Week: Gamla Enskede
Sponsored Article
How to catch the first lobster of the year
Politics
Ten new minister faces you should know
Tech
First womb transplant baby in world born in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 5th
Team SCA
Sponsored Article
All-female SCA team takes off on Volvo Ocean Race
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

979
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN