Swedish miners in wildcat strikes

Wildcat strikes have broken out among miners at Sweden's state-owned mining company LKAB. Miners started the unauthorized walkout on Monday, and on Tuesday morning work was at a standstill in Kiruna, in the far north of Sweden.

“In Malmberget [in Lappland] there was a complete stoppage in the mines last night. And I have not heard anything other than that it will continue today,” said Harry Rantakyrö, chairman of the mineworkers’ union.

Rantakyrö said he will contact LKAB management on Tuesday and pass on the miners’ demands for continued wage negotiations at the local level. Rantakyrö called on the striking miners to return to work, but he said there was little hope of them doing so without measures from the management.

“The members have said that without negotiations resuming they will not return to work,” he said.

The miners are demanding rises of 4,000 kronor ($594) a month. The company offered them 800 kronor. LKAB’s management said the demand was unreasonable, and said that as far as it was concerned local wage negotiations had been concluded.