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Sweden: negotiation at work

As in Germany, negotiation is at the heart of the Swedish way of dealing with restructuring.


But the Swedish setting differs in three ways: no works council exist in Sweden and negotiation takes directly place between trade unions and the company management; the threshold for participation of trade unions in company board is much lower (20 workers +) and negotiation is also used for setting up outplacement bodies as Job Security Councils at branch level.


Case studies:

  The Job security councils in Sweden
Developing restructuring practice workforce reduction at a large Swedish telecommunications Company
  Regions, restructuring and knowledge intensive industries: the vinvinn project in Göteborg, Sweden
  Constructing corporate social responsibility: a study of workforce reduction in a Swedish high-tech company
  Restructuring at Vattenfall: translating socially responsible workforce reduction
  Validation knowledge and competencies – the validtioncentre in Sweden