Journalists’ union calls for overtime ban

Sweden's main journalists' union has ordered an overtime ban for members at 90 media companies, in a move that could affect production of many of of Sweden's daily newspapers.

The action comes after negotiations between union Svenska Journalistförbundet (SJF) and employers’ organization Tidningsutgivarna broke down in mid-June.

“Given that arbitrators are not taking new initiatives and that our counterparts at Tidningsutgivarna have not replied to our invitation to negotiations at the beginning of the summer, we have to take measures to bring about a new agreement. Unfortunately, all that remains is industrial action,” said SJF chairwoman Agneta Lindblom Hulthén in a press release.

The overtime ban starts on 17th August and initially covers 70 newspapers, most of which are small, local and regional publications. If no agreement is reached by 31st August, the action will spread to Stockholm-based papers including Aftonbladet, Expressen, Dagens Nyheter and Svenska Dagbladet.

Under the terms of the ban, no journalist will be permitted to work more than 40 hours a week.