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"the Debaters: Sweden's ports are anti-union"

"This is an opinion piece. It is the writer who stands for the views that are put forward in the text, not Against."

"the DEBATE. The employers ' association Swedish Ports must cease its anti-union stance that adds to an unnecessary labour dispute, which hurts the Swedish economy. Sweden's coastal municipalities are members, through their ownership of the ports. We will require that our municipal ports terminate its membership of the Swedish Ports and looking for another employers ' organisation. "

"There is a principle important labour-market conflicts in Sweden's ports. In essence, the conflict on the Swedish Hamnarbetarförbundets natural right to sign the collective agreement and represent its members. Something that arbetsgivarparten staunchly opposes. The employer's long-term goal seems to be to unilaterally break down the Swedish Hamnarbetarförbundet."

"When examining the conflict closer, it is very clear that it is arbetsgivarparten, Sweden's Ports, which act as disproportionately aggressive and hard. The behaviour affects the entire Swedish economy at the same time as it is an attack on the Swedish labour market model. "

"In a number of ports, the employer has foreclosed (lockoutat) the workers from the workplace, many times more hours than what the dockers have been on strike. When Hamnarbetarförbundet implemented symbolic punktstrejker in two hours has been the answer from the Swedish ports has been to shut out the workers throughout the day. "

"They have not only escalated the conflict, but also damaged the Swedish industry by shutting down ports. They have also adopted a national policy to shut out the Hamnarbetarförbundet from trade union influence."

"The ongoing labor dispute is also used as the argument to the government's proposals to restrict the right to strike. This would not only affect the parties in the ports without major consequences for the whole of the Swedish labour market model, something that several unions have been critical of. We want to instead go a different, more reasonable and at the same time the easier route. "

"A large number of Swedish ports is jointly owned by the municipalities via the municipal companies. It is these local companies that are members in the employers ' association Swedish Ports. In this way, many municipalities have therefore become a party in the ongoing labor dispute. "

"We who believe in the Swedish model, with trade unions may represent their members and conclude collective agreements, can not see that it is reasonable that the publicly owned companies are members of an organization acting in the way that Sweden's Ports. "

"We, signatories of this article are all the political representatives in the local government which owns the ports that are members of the employers' association Swedish Ports. It is now high time for municipalities to take responsibility for the situation. We require that we, as owners of these companies, first and foremost, give the mission to demand an end to the arbetsgivarorganisationens deep anti-union stance and instead respect the Swedish model. "

"Hamnarbetarförbundets to sign a collective agreement and represent its members should immediately go to the meeting. If we don't get sympathy for this, we will require that our municipal ports terminate its membership of the Swedish Ports and looking for another employers ' organization, t.ex. Sobona as organizes the particular municipal companies. "

"In the coming weeks we will be in our municipalities to bring these issues in the city council. Secondly, by asking questions and interpellationer. We will also add motions to promptly prepare a change of employers, in cases where Workers ' demands on collective agreements, are not met. "

"this way, we stand up for the Swedish model, at the same time that we take responsibility for Sweden's economy and create a solution to the protracted conflict in the ports. "

"nDaniel Bernmar, mayor of Gothenburg (V)nEmma-Lina Johansson and Anders Andersson, Mayor of Malmö (V)nClara Lindblom, oppositionsborgarråd the city of Stockholm (V)nPatrik Renfors, group leader Oxelösund (V)nNicklas Lundström, commissioner for the opposition Norrköping (V)nGöran Brante and Annika Weitner, Councillor Ystad (V)nMats Sjölin, Left Trelleborg (V)nNina Berggård, the Municipal council of Luleå (V)nParvane Assadbegli, squad leader, Karlstad (V)nBrith Fäldt, president of the Samhällsbyggnadsnämnden Piteå (V)nIngrid Mattiasson Saarinen, team Leader Helsingborg (V)nAgneta Hansson, team leader Skellefteå (V)nAnna Maria Romlid, commissioner for the opposition Västerås (V)nTania Bengtsson, group leader Halmstad (V)nSaga Carlgren, commissioner for the opposition Gotland (V)nBritt-Mari Bardon, group Leader Norrtälje (V)"

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