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(en) Nov. 15: SAC calls for strike by 2.5 million workers Sweden,

Date Fri, 03 Nov 2006 23:38:54 +0200


The Swedish syndicalist union SAC calls upon all 2.5 million Swedish
private sector workers to engage in a political strike against the
proposal to cut of the subsidies to unemployed* and the total reform of
the unemployment system, by the new right-wing Swedish government. The
proposal is to reduce the payment to the unemployed. This has awakened
the sleepy working movement in Sweden.

All the unions are making different forms of actions, meetings of
companies, official notices of protests, threats to allow garbage to
pile up outside the seat of the government etc.

The most radical action comes from the libertarian union, SAC. Today the
SAC has issued a call for general strike for the 15 of November against
the proposal. The proposal comes to a vote on 16 November in the Swedish
parliament. The official call of the SAC goes out to all 2.5 million
private sector workers, although the SAC only has affiliated 7000
thousands. All the workers in the private sector (in the public sector
political strikes are prohibited) can legally follow the SAC call. The
Secretary General of SAC, Moa Norell, explains today in an article in
Aftonbladet (the largest circulation newspaper in Sweden)
(http://www.aftonbladet.se/vss/debatt/story/0,2789,922180,00.html) that
all those workers can participate in political strike although they have
prohibited all union strikes (since the large unions are tied by the
collective agreements). In all Sweden the 15 of November there are
mobilizations for a 2 hour political strike... The SAC calls on all its
affiliates to for f 24 hours. The readers who know the Swedish can
follow the preparations of strike in the page SAC Web http://www.sac.se

Ronny Stansert


The proposal is to cut unemployment insurance by cutting the
government?s financial contribution by 50 per cent. The Swedish
reformist trade union central notes that the Government proposal is
being made ?in order to finance tax cuts and reforms for those not being
affected by unemployment?. The LO further reports that ?Every year some
600 000 persons receive compensation from the unemployment insurance
[fund].
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