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Legislate right to full-time employment: Left Party

TT/The Local · 30 Aug 2009, 09:21

Published: 30 Aug 2009 09:21 GMT+02:00

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The Left Party wants to abolish the childcare allowance (vårdnadsbidrag), the equality bonus (jämställdhetsbonus), and tax deductions for household services. The childcare allowance is currently paid to parents who remain out of the labour market to care for their children, while the equality bonus is paid to couples who equally split parental leave between both the mother and father.

The Left Party would also consider legislation to ensure the right to full-time employment.

More women than men work part-time, as well as take up fixed-term employment. The Left Party therefore believes that women would benefit if more people had the right to work full-time as well as had access to permanent employment.

The Left Party would achieve this by making employers fees for fixed-term (visstidsanställning) employment higher than those for permanent employment (tillsvidareanställning).

The party is also prepared to enact legislation to ensure the right to full-time employment if the social partners are unable to reach agreement, according to Left Party members Ulla Andersson and Josefin Brink in a report outlining the party’s gender equality policies.

There are too few men who take advantage of paternity leave, Andersson and Brink said. Parental leave should therefore be individual, so that each parent may take half, which may not be transferred to the other parent.

The Left Party would also seek to re-establish the position of a dedicated gender equality minister, as well as abolish the childcare allowance, which is described as a “direct anti-feminist reform that encourages women to stay at home and be supported by their husbands.”

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In addition, the party would abolish tax deductions for home services, the so-called “maid deduction” (pigavdraget).

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11:19 August 30, 2009 by Kr0n
Political advertising has begun. What is the best way to win support of the electorate? Well, it is to promise, promise, and promise. No one inside the Left party cares if such promises are realistic. The main thing is to get to the power, to build huge mansions (remember Mr. Persson?), to install relatives into the management all state owned companies (e.g. Systembolaget) and to squeeze more taxes from entrepreneurs (who are soon to be extinct in Sweden). And then, may be, to pay some 100-500 kr more to poor women who have elected the Left P.
13:54 August 30, 2009 by Beynch
You've gotto be kidding me. Where did they get this idea? M*rx? Orwell? Swedes would be well advised to ensure that nothing left of center gains a foothold in Swedish politics again. May Sahlin disappear into oblivion!
17:31 August 30, 2009 by Leprehcaun
@ Beynch

The left isn't good but the right is even worse.
22:46 August 30, 2009 by karex

As a general rule I have come to learn that any extreme is not a good solution to anything. Balance is usually what keeps things running smoothly.

Seriously though, I wonder if politicians actually take the time to study the viability of some of their promises. No wonder most are rarely taken seriously. In a country with a relatively low population and ever increasing life expectancy removing help for parents to support more children would amount to the same as shooting oneself on the foot (better yet, head).

There would just be less children, and no future taxpayers to support the pensioners... Other countries such as the US are going through this very same crisis now, and there is NO comparison in terms of population size. My sister is afraid they may not be able to survive as pensioners.

And, given the opportunity to stay home and be supported by my husband, my only question would be: where do I sign? Who needs all the stress, office politics and back-stabbing? Maybe workaholics can get their kicks... Then I can dedicate my time to activities I REALLY enjoy.
23:32 August 30, 2009 by the pigeon hunter
i agree with the first two-thirds of your opinion, karex.

however, excuse me but just because you enjoy sitting at home doing house work all day does not mean that every other woman does, too.

i am happy that men have the option to stay at home with their kids. if my husband and i have kids one day, i will be happy to go back to work after 6 months, actually. i will be glad to leave my four walls behind again and do something more productive than change diapers all day. i d rather subject myself to office politics and back-stabbing than do the eternal house hold routine for the rest of my life.

you are no workaholic? then i d suggest get a job. because looking after kids and doing the house hold is truely 24/7 .
08:19 August 31, 2009 by Xavid
They need to create legislation that give people choices. Some people wanna work and some wanna stay home. And the government should support people having more children.

Its all about choices and not forcing people to do what they dont want to do.

Any if you want more men to take parental leave make the system better so that people don't lose so much money.
08:29 August 31, 2009 by JDV

The Left Party is not making promises they are proposing policy and their ideas for progressive alterations and addition to programs to benefit all the people...

Whether you agree with them or not it is a responsible approach compared the the "Moderatus Americanus Wannebeus" totally irresponsible approach of just offering a simplisitc cash bribe.... for your vote... based on proven false idea... that has been a dismal failure in "every" country that it has be tried... that free markets and capitialism and a government shirking it's responsility to "ensure" the the unalienable rights of all the people, including women to life, libery and the pursiut of happiness... will somehow magically resolve all issues through the rich man's playground or marketplace...
08:51 August 31, 2009 by Luckystrike
"May Sahlin disappear into oblivion!"

@ Beynch, dont come here and comment about stuff you know nothing about, your embarrasing yourself!
09:05 August 31, 2009 by hpunlimited
If I start a political party where I promise to make everyone millionaires, no work needed, just sit home on your couch and do nothing.I would win any election!! It is sad that people actually believe this absurd communist idea!!

Sweden needs people that are willing to pull their share to society, be willing to work, not live off your neighbor, be responisble for your own actions.
11:27 August 31, 2009 by karex
@the pigeon hunter

You misunderstand me. Not only do I have a job, but I've had one since I was 15 and for the past 2 years have put in 12-hour work days.

I did not mention what it is that I REALLY like to do. Housework is not one of them. 30 years too late I realize that I would have been much happier if I had studied to be a woodworker, carpenter cabinet maker or some such activity. Unfortunately we cannot afford a major career change on my part otherwise I would have started my own "house-flipping" business a long time ago. So no, I don't want to stay home and play housewife, I want to be outdoors or in a shop and play tool lady!
13:11 August 31, 2009 by Beynch
Well, it's nice when a comment generates debate. Although some on the exreme gauche, inluding Luckystrike, would prefer that no debate takes place. Let the Party dictate what's being said. Right Lucky? For your info, I know a lot more than you realize, and will fight to destroy the Swedish political left.
13:23 August 31, 2009 by the pigeon hunter
@karex: being tool lady sounds actually awesome. i am so tired of sitting still all day. but your explanation somehow doesn't fit with what you wrote about being supported by your husband.

i would categorize houseflipping and carpenting as "having a job". just because it's selfemployment doesn't mean you are not supporting yourself and bringing money into the marriage. but how would you juggle having kids (hence accepting money from the state so your husband can support you) and running your own business... i still don't get it :)
13:47 August 31, 2009 by karex
@the pigeon hunter

sorry, I know that lack of info makes for difficult interpretation. I just didn't want to write a novel on this forum. We raised 5 kids between us. Been there, done that. Don't want that back. Not really looking for help from govt, just wished my husband could support me and everything else for the several years it would take to get my business off the ground. Current legislation isn't exactly very supportive of new emerging small businesses.

I agree with Xavid. Better to have choices. Legislation which is too restrictive will of course help some people, but also hurt many others. Each one has different needs and expectations.
13:52 August 31, 2009 by the pigeon hunter
karex: no worries :) i think i got it now, hehe. and 5 kids? nice one, i have immense respect towards anybody who raises kids. especially if it's two or more!

and i agree with you, it's very hard to pull a new business out of your hat. not to mention how much can go wrong after you have done it. i guess most of us will be marooned in an office job for the rest of our lives.

however, as i have never actually thought of starting my own business i wouldn't even know what changes in legislation would be needed to make it easier.
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