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'Full-time for all public staff': Social Democrats
Social Democrat party secretary Carin Jämtin promises results by 2013.

'Full-time for all public staff': Social Democrats

Published: 16 Jun 2012 10:56 GMT+02:00
Updated: 16 Jun 2012 10:56 GMT+02:00

By the end of 2013, all publicly employed staff in Social Democrat governed municipalities will be offered full time work, and every new contract will be full time, the party promised on Saturday.

The party promises to show these results by the end of 2013, wrote party secretary Carin Jämtin and shadow county commissioner in Stockholm Lars Dahlberg, in an opinion piece in national newspaper Svenska Dagbladet (SvD).

“Those employed within the welfare sector perform great deeds every day. They deserve better conditions than they have today. The responsibility for this lies with politicians,” they wrote.

One million people, of Sweden’s nine million total, are employed by municipalities or county councils, wrote Jämtin and Dahlberg, who describe the sector as having much growth potential.

Today, 30% of all municipal employees, and 19% of all county employees, work part-time. If they work in a region where the Social Democrats are in power, they are to be offered full time work if they want it, by the end of 2013.

The Social Democrats also promise that no one is to be hired on a temporary contract longer than two years, and that the work environment is to improve through regular surveys.

“Insecure contracts are a hurdle for quality work. Who would want to committedly and enthusiastically participate in long-term quality improvements if their own employment is uncertain?” they wrote in SvD.

According to the Social Democrats, improving work conditions in this sector, especially within healthcare and education, is necessary in order to attract people to the field and secure the quality of the welfare system.

TT/Clara Guibourg (news@thelocal.se)

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12:04 June 16, 2012 by 0007
And the money coming to pay for that coming from?
12:28 June 16, 2012 by Mb 65
You still will not get to speak to the same person twice. You will still get I am sorry the person you wish to speak to, is on holiday for 3 weeks.
13:34 June 16, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
Idiots. This is precisely the sort of irresponsible government hiring that has driven Greece to financial ruin, and which will soon drag the rest of euro zone down with it.
15:26 June 16, 2012 by Grokh
a lot of people that do work in those sectors are employed just because, i work with people in some sectors who have no education or preparation to work on those sectors.

but they have been working there for the past 15 years so they keep working and cannot be thrown out.

does this mean those people will get full time contracts, while Im the one who does all the work even though ive only worked there for 6 months?

how about only giving job to people that do the job right
15:30 June 16, 2012 by Scepticion
Agree with the comments, the usual mindless ideological crap, there may even be people who want part-time.

"One million people, of Sweden's nine million total, are employed by municipalities or county councils," surely one reason why taxes are so high.

Given that out of 9 million, only about 9/17 are between 20 and 65, i.e. 4.7 million

(http://www.nationmaster.com/country/sw-sweden/Age-_distribution), it means 3.7 million people have to pay for 1 million, and what do they get in return? barely enough pension, poor health care service, etc.

"Today, 30% of all municipal employees, and 19% of all county employees are part-time. " (of 1 million). Sounds indeed like a major tax hike...

How about lowering income for the municipality leaders to balance the budget...
17:42 June 16, 2012 by Nomark
This is just ridiculous. However, its an old idea that the Social Democrats

have tried to push in the past. I had hoped we'd seen the end of it...

Recruitment should be made with (a) efficiency and value for money in mind and (b) in accordance with the (generous) employment protection laws in Sweden.

I'm sure that the politico somehow thinks that this will mean more net tax receipts since there are more workers.
18:01 June 16, 2012 by RobinHood
This idea worked splendidly in Greece, Spain, Portugal and Italy. What can possibly be wrong with it?
18:13 June 16, 2012 by Douglas Garner
Did it ever occur to SD that part-time is optimal for some positions? Or do that expect someone to be a caseworker one minute and a landscaper to make up the balance of their required hours?
19:50 June 16, 2012 by icedearth
no matter what , people here are so negative. They enjoy the habit to negatively comment on everything. These people will not be happy no matter what actions the government undertakes.
21:52 June 16, 2012 by godnatt
Full time... even if you're not needed and will sit around playing online solitaire all day.

More brilliant ideas from the idiot brigade.
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