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'Full-time for all public staff': Social Democrats

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'Full-time for all public staff': Social Democrats
Social Democrat party secretary Carin Jämtin promises results by 2013.
10:56 CEST+02:00
By the end of 2013, all publicly employed staff in Social Democrat governed municipalities will be offered full time work, and every new contract will be full time, the party promised on Saturday.

The party promises to show these results by the end of 2013, wrote party secretary Carin Jämtin and shadow county commissioner in Stockholm Lars Dahlberg, in an opinion piece in national newspaper Svenska Dagbladet (SvD).

“Those employed within the welfare sector perform great deeds every day. They deserve better conditions than they have today. The responsibility for this lies with politicians,” they wrote.

One million people, of Sweden's nine million total, are employed by municipalities or county councils, wrote Jämtin and Dahlberg, who describe the sector as having much growth potential.

Today, 30% of all municipal employees, and 19% of all county employees, work part-time. If they work in a region where the Social Democrats are in power, they are to be offered full time work if they want it, by the end of 2013.

The Social Democrats also promise that no one is to be hired on a temporary contract longer than two years, and that the work environment is to improve through regular surveys.

“Insecure contracts are a hurdle for quality work. Who would want to committedly and enthusiastically participate in long-term quality improvements if their own employment is uncertain?” they wrote in SvD.

According to the Social Democrats, improving work conditions in this sector, especially within healthcare and education, is necessary in order to attract people to the field and secure the quality of the welfare system.

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