Agency criticizes ‘inflationary’ pay deals

The National Institute of Economic Research (Konjunkturinstitutet) has predicted that the pay increases agreed on in the current round of wage negotiations will lead to higher inflation and an increase in interest rates.

On Thursday evening, Sif, Sweden’s largest White-Collar Union struck a deal with employers guaranteeing members wage increases of just over 10 percent during the next three years.

At lunchtime on Friday, trade union IF Metall agreed to a similar 10.2 percent wage hike for its members.

“If we look at this in isolation, it is going to lead to somewhat higher inflation,” said Mats Dillén, head of the economic research institute.

Dillén is also concerned that the high wage increases will slow down job creation.

“I’m not saying that it threatens to break the positive trend, but it could have gone on longer,” said Dillén.

A number of leading economists, including Jan Häggström from Handelsbanken and Robert Bergqvist from SEB Merchant Banking, agree with Dillén’s analysis.

Both are of the opinion that the Riksbank had not anticipated quite such a high level of wage increases.

“And that may lead to the Riksbank, all else being equal, needing to raise interest rates a bit more to counter increased inflationary pressure,” said Bergqvist.


Boys claim woman threatened them with ‘sex or deportation’

A woman who ran a refugee home in central Sweden is under investigation for sexual offences after two Afghan boys claimed she threatened them with deportation if they refused her advances.

Boys claim woman threatened them with 'sex or deportation'
File image of asylum seekers in a Migration Agency waiting room in Solna. Photo: Marcus Ericsson/TT

The boys, who have not been named, say the woman encouraged them to film her having sex with them, newspaper Eskilstuna Kuriren reports.

She then urged them to watch the films and to phone her when they missed her, they said. 

Eskilstuna Kuriren was given access to the films and believes they show the acts described by the boys, and that the woman can clearly be identified. She rejects the accusations.

The boys told Eskilstuna Kuriren they tried to inform social services and the police about what was happening but nobody listened to them.

They then went to the newspaper with their story on the advice of relatives living in another part of Sweden. 

“The boss at the home forced us into it and exploited us for sex. She knew we had to, and that nobody would help us,” one said. 

The boys say they had sex with the woman on four or five occasions, at a hotel and in her own home in the Sörmland region.

On one occasion all three were in bed together, they say, but mostly one of the boys had sex with the woman while the other filmed. 

The woman also offered the boys alcohol, they claim, saying it would help them enjoy the experience and despite them being under 18, the legal age for drinking alcohol. 

They allege that she promised to buy them clothes and toiletries if they had sex with her, but she also told them she would destroy important documents and get the migration agency to deport them if they turned her down.

They also faced sexual advances from other people in the woman’s social circle, they say. 

In an interview with Eskilstuna Kuriren one of the boys says they would be “stoned to death” if they ever went back to Afghanistan and their story got out. 

The boys were recently moved to a home in a different municipality. Local authorities there contacted the police after learning of their allegations. 

Police confirmed to the newspaper that an investigation into sexual offences was ongoing. They would not specify what the alleged offences were. 

The boys say they arrived in Sweden in November after they were urged by their families to flee Afghanistan and seek a better life.