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Centre Party wants billions invested to close pay gap in Sweden's public sector

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Centre Party wants billions invested to close pay gap in Sweden's public sector
Photo: Janerik Henriksson / TT
16:10 CEST+02:00
Sweden's Centre Party says it wants an investment of SEK 6.4 billion over the next four years to tackle the wage gap between state-employed men and women.

“It is completely unacceptable to distinguish between men and women who have the same education, the same duties and are the same age,” party leader Annie Lööf is quoted as saying by Swedish news agency TT.

“The state has the role of employer when it comes to this matter, for public employees in the courts, police, universities and government agencies.”

Sweden's Centerpartiet is calling for a total investment of SEK 6.4 billion to address the pay gap issue by raising women's wages.

The party also aims to get started wage negotiations with the country's trade unions over the next four years.

“It's politicians' duty to deal with this unfair situation of unequal pay,” argues Lööf.

“It really frustrates me that despite several decades of legislation in Sweden relating to equal pay for equal work, we are still being pigeonholed as women.”

According to stats from the Swedish Mediation Institute, the public body that's responsible for official wage statistics in the country, there is an unexplained pay gap of 4.3 percent on average in Sweden, favouring men over women.

The wages gap is even wider in Sweden's private sector - 6.5 percent - although Lööf and her party are aware that it would be a lot harder for the government to address that disparity. 

Lööf's goals also include putting a stop to established structural wage differences that for example make female-dominated professions lower paid.

 

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