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White-collar unions and the emergence of employment transition agreements in Sweden
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9038-4885
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History.
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018.
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Economic History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-353937OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-353937DiVA, id: diva2:1219843
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9th Nordic Working Life Conference, Oslo, June 13-15, 2018
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
Note

During the last decades, the role and coverage of Employment Transitional Agreements (ETA) between the social partners on the labor market have increased. Such agreements are from an international point of view unique and can, therefore, be considered as a typical expression of the Swedish model: employees and employers on a central level concluded similar agreements covering large parts of the labor market. At the same time, these agreements are an expression of something that is contrary to another important aspect of the Swedish model - the state's responsibility for labor market policy. ETAs cover some aspects that according to the textbook model will be the responsibility of the state, not the social partners. How these agreements emerged and developed can thus be seen as a manifestation of the reformulation of the Swedish model. ETAs are thus particularly interesting to examine from a perspective where these agreements are related to the Swedish model. Firstly, these agreements recalibrate the role of the state and the social partners with regard to unemployment protection. Secondly, the initiatives for such agreements came from the movement of white-collar unions - TCO and Saco - not from the Confederation of labor unions LO, who is usually portrayed as the key actor in the formation of the Swedish model. This paper aims to investigate and analyze the historical reasons behind the emergence and development of ETAs and the prominent role of white collar and professional unions in this expansion. Should this trend be seen mainly as a result of an interest in trying to try to compensate for welfare state retrenchment, or should the agreements be seen as an initiative in order to adapt to the working life and the labor market of today and tomorrow? We believe that a closer study of the ETAs history can contribute to a greater understanding of contemporary developments in the Swedish labor market and the Swedish Model.

Available from: 2018-06-18 Created: 2018-06-18 Last updated: 2018-10-24Bibliographically approved

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