SEKO calls road workers strike

SEKO, the Union of Service and Communication Employees, has called for industrial action in the road and rail sectors later this month. Around 1,800 SEKO members are scheduled to go on strike from May 16th.

Talks between SEKO and the Swedish Construction Federation (Sveriges Byggindustrier – BI) stranded on Thursday after the parties failed to agree on a new agreement for around 8,000 road workers.

The main bone of contention, according to SEKO, centred on seasonal workers. The union is demanding annual employment for its 3,000 members currently employed as road workers on a seasonal basis.

“It is completely unacceptable that our members are forced to be let go from their jobs and claim unemployment benefits for half the year when there is nothing they want more than to practice their profession,” said SEKO chairman Janne Rudén in a statement.

There are some examples of companies that have solved the problem by finding other tasks for the road workers during the winter. SEKO is now demanding that solutions of this nature are found for its seasonal workers.

The strike is set to affect NCC Roads, Skanska Sverige and Peab Asfalt.