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Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Swedish Healthcare Workers Disappointed with New Agreement

Published: 2024-07-08

Swedish healthcare workers express deep disappointment following the end of their two-month strike.

The new agreement, reached between the union Vårdförbundet and employers, falls short of expectations for many.

While it includes some working hour reductions, only about 8-9% of the 78,000 union members will benefit.

Many nurses criticize the deal, calling it insufficient and expressing fears it may lead to more leaving the profession.

Union leaders acknowledge the dissatisfaction but argue they had no choice, as rejecting the offer would have left members without a collective agreement for at least six months.

The dispute has also resulted in about 2,000 legal cases across 12 regions, with the union seeking damages totaling at least 150 million kronor.