Swedes slam centrally negotiated wages

A majority of Swedes, 60 percent, want to arrange their own salary raises through individual negotiations with their boss, shows a survey published Friday by employer organisation Almega.

Less than one in ten would prefer to see wages set through centrally run union negotiations.

“It’s also interesting to see that 6 out of 10 think it’s more fair that those individuals who perform best and put in the most effort should receive a raise, compared to the 3 out of 10 who said it would be more fair if everyone was always guaranteed a raise, regardless of performance and effort,” said Almega’s CEO Jonas Milton in a statement.

50 percent of survey participants were also unsatisfied with their union’s definition of a fair salary.

However, Per Bardh, negotiations secretary at Swedish trade union confederation LO, would have liked to see if answers differed between white-collar and blue-collar groups.

“We’ve performed studies that show that support for centrally negotiated wages is much stronger within the blue-collar collective,” he said to news agency TT.

1128 Swedes participated in the survey, which was conducted by polling company Silentium for Almega between July 12-14th.

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