Journalists’ union steps up industrial action

Sweden's main journalists' union SJF has announced industrial action targeting fifteen Swedish newspapers, after the media companies ignored a union-backed overtime ban.

Titles, including Karlskoga Tidning and Helsingborgs Dagblad, owned by Nya Wermlands-Tidningen AB, Tidningar i Västergötland AB, AB Dala-Demokraten, Sundsvalls Tidning and Skånemedia AB are affected.

From 10am on August 21st to 4pm on August 24th, union members will be banned from handling or processing any material, such as articles and images, that has not been produced by their own editorial departments.

The action is a shot across the employers’ bows in advance of discussions with mediators next week.

“Our main aim is to ensure that we have effective negotiations. We will have 48 hours to achieve agreement,” said Arne König, vice-chairman of the SJF.

Under the terms of the earlier ban, editors’ and journalists’ working hours were limited to eight hours in 24 and a maximum of 40 per week.