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'People have a duty to make themselves hirable'

17 Apr 2012, 08:47

Published: 17 Apr 2012 08:47 GMT+02:00

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In an opinion article co-written with the party's new economic policy spokesperson Magdalena Andersson and published Tuesday in the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper, Löfven was frank about the importance of individual responsibility when it comes to finding a job.

"Society can create the conditions and opportunities, but for it to work, the individual needs to take responsibility. Everyone should be able to demand their rights, but also do their duty," they wrote.

In the article, which previewed the Social Democrats' shadow spring budget, the party promised training and employment initiatives targeting young people.

According to Löfven and Andersson, the number of people who have been out of work for more than two years has risen by 175 percent since the current centre-right Alliance government first came to power in 2006.

And despite Sweden's high unemployment, the government doesn't have any new proposals in the spring budget it released on Monday, the Social Democrat leaders contend.

"It's become increasingly apparent that the government has already played all its cards, is out of ideas and that their policies have no effect on unemployment," Löfven and Andersson write.

The Social Democrats shadow budget will boost internships, traineeships, and job opportunities for young people, while at the same time increasing demands on those seeking benefits.

The party will also clarify what it plans to do to strengthen Swedish businesses' competitiveness and how to improve the process for putting good ideas into action, something which they argue can be stifled by a lack of access to venture capital during the early phases of a business's growth.

"Swedish companies compete with quality, knowledge, and renewal. Sweden can't compete in the tough international marketplace with low wages, lower competence and yesterday's technology," they write.

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"We need to improve constantly, boost our knowledge, and be first when it comes to the development of new business ideas, products, and services."

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Your comments about this article

10:33 April 17, 2012 by AHA
At last the Soc Dem has a leader who dares but he should at the same time be careful not to get very much attracted to the ideology of the Alliance. The voters shoul de able to tell the difference.
12:43 April 17, 2012 by Grokh
i think i liked him better when he wasnt saying stupid stuff... Ofc people have to make themselves hireable.... he should just keep his mouth shut if he is going to just state the obvious lol.
13:03 April 17, 2012 by RobinHood
He was doing so well, and then he said something. Worse than that, he said something sensible; never a good idea when you are leader of the Social Democrat party. Five hundred thousand hopelessly unemployable Social Democrat voters just switched to the Left party, where they can comfortably remain hopelessly unemployable, at the tax payers' expense, for the rest of their sad lives.

If Reinfeldt had said all that stuff about public duty, we would have seen a snide, inflammatory Local headline, and much brouha in these forums.
15:32 April 17, 2012 by gpafledthis
it's a very old idea-but-the very hungry find motivation !! Or deport them !!
17:57 April 17, 2012 by Rod Munch
And if someone from SD says the same thing, he/she is branded a "racist." LOL
18:16 April 17, 2012 by Brianito
This is what I call trying to wash your hands of a problem that will never go away, You too Stefan want to play political football with the unemployment problem and I seriously think you have scored an own goal, your party can do no better either. Good one Stefan, I was on your teams side but I will remember your "statement:" when I'm casting my vote at the next election ...... Fool!
22:52 April 17, 2012 by McChatter
I am not a Socialist and yet I find myself agreeing wholeheartedly with Stefan Löfven. There are too many Swedes who are work-shy, both employed and unemployed. He uses the word "responsibility" twice in his article. Usually an odious word for the Swedes. "Responsiblity" is eveyone else's problem but not mine. Sweden does have a big problem: youth unemployment, Why? Because, in general terms, the education does not match the employers' requirements. What he and Andersson say about Swedish companies is perfectly true. Sweden needs to rejuvenate itself yet again...and keep on rejuvenating itself. Look at Nokia, Sony etc. Maybe a Grand Coalition of M and S is the best answer in 2014.
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