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The Swedish labour market model and the European Social Charter

Strasbourg, France 08/10/2021
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The Swedish labour market model and the European Social Charter

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the European Social Charter, Birgitta Nyström, former member of the European Committee of Social Rights, makes an overview of the Swedish labour market model and how certain of its characteristics have affected Sweden’s ability to ratify new provisions or comply with provisions already accepted. Those characteristics have sometimes led to certain "misunderstanding" between the Charter and Swedish labour market law. However, it can be noted that over the years the European Committee of Social Rights has gained a greater understanding of the fact that countries may have different systems to meet the requirements of the Charter. At the same time, the Swedish Government has recognised the need to be able to explain in various ways how the rules of the Charter are being complied with, even where the relevant provisions cannot be referred to directly in legislation.

  Paper by Birgitta Nyström English | Swedish


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