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Guest workers had to work for free on the construction of the NKS

At the New Karolinska Solna (NKS) is now under way with the expansion and redevelopment of an area known as the N-block. The project will make way for the new wards, and is planned to be completed during the year.

the Stockholm county council real estate company Locum is responsible for the building, but have hired a general contractor who does the work. They, in turn, has hired a subcontractor who in summer worked on the construction of frames and installation of plaster.

Byggnadsarbetarens review, several of the employees to the subcontractor is not paid for his work. There must be over 20 people who have either not received any salary at all, or only a small part of the salary. Four of them who had been without pay has been set up with the name and picture in the paper.

One of these worked for the subcontractor during the summer of 2018. According to Byggnadsarbetaren he has missed out on 26.000 sek.

" I just received the salary for the three days I worked in June. For July and August, I got nothing. Which is fraud! he says to the newspaper.

who worked on the building shall have been scammed of sek 30,000. The lack of a salary meant that he could not afford to pay the rent and he couldn't afford food for themselves and their family.

" It was terrible, what stress it was! We needed to pay for the apartment and food. I borrowed money from different people to meet me and sold my phone.

He also tells us that not only was the salary, which did not materialize, although the conditions at the workplace he describes as bad.

I was working on into that money with my blood and my sweat. I don't know how many times I cut myself, and how many wounds I got there. It was the wretched conditions. There were no new gloves or other necessary equipment, like good screwdrivers.

if the subcontractor liabilities at sek 2.5 million to other companies. A member of the board of the company have also been detained for the theft, but the investigation was shut down when he left Sweden.

the DN has sought Locums head of communications, Åsa Berg, who only want to answer questions via e-mail.

”We do, of course, that this is very unfortunate,” she writes.

to the state wage guarantee system can enter in some cases when the employees have not been paid, and insists that the company not paid out the wages of a subcontractor to a subcontractor to the Locum.

”Social consideration is important for the Locum and it is, therefore, Locum imposes far-reaching requirements on the social responsibility of our contractors. We also require that our contractors set corresponding to the far-reaching requirements on their subcontractors,” writes communications manager.

Read more: Serious error in the New Karolinskas contracts

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