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Alarm bells ring after many fatal workplace accidents in Sweden

Alarm bells ring after many fatal workplace accidents in Sweden

(Sep 12, 2019) Men working high up in construction and men loading and unloading trucks. Two risk-filled jobs that have claimed lives this year in Sweden. But the initial increase in fatal accidents earlier in 2019 has subsided.

Finnish safety training park makes workplace risks more visible

Finnish safety training park makes workplace risks more visible

(Sep 12, 2019) Everyone should return home in the evening. That is the motto for construction workers. But you need more than theoretical knowledge in order to eliminate the risks of accidents. Like bringing routines closer to people’s hearts. A visit to a safety training park speeds things up.

Nordic trade unions praise #metoo convention

Nordic trade unions praise #metoo convention

(Jun 27, 2019) New international standards will protect everybody’s right to a world of work free from violence and harassment. Danish and other Nordic trade unions call it a great leap forward for workers globally and in the Nordic region. Danish employers doubt it will have much effect.

New Finnish work environment policy

(May 06, 2019) Psychosocial strain of work will increase as the transformation of work accelerates. We must therefore take a more comprehensive approach to risk assessments. That is the main message from the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health’s new policy for the work environment until 2030.

ILO and the Nordics: At the frontline in fight for the future of work

ILO and the Nordics: At the frontline in fight for the future of work

(Apr 12, 2019) There was a positive atmosphere as the ILO Director-General and representatives from the Nordic ministries of labour gathered in Iceland to discuss the challenges around the future of work. The Nordic model has proved to be adaptable to rapid and major change before, and the development of new technology is something people can actually control.

Norway: Gender pay gap remains, but influence is slightly up

(Apr 12, 2019) The gender pay gap among full-time employees in Norway remains at 20 %. After adjusting for age, education, sector and several other factors, there is still a 13 % gender difference.

The changing nature of cooperation

(Feb 15, 2019) Nordic labour markets have seen major and at times dramatic changes at the start of 2019. In Sweden 4,500 employment service workers have been made redundant, in Finland sick leave levels are rising and Denmark now has two rather than three trade union confederations.

Sick leave levels tend to rise during good times

Sick leave levels tend to rise during good times

(Feb 15, 2019) Sick leave linked to psychological ill health has increased in Finland in recent years. According to research from the country’s Social Insurance Institution, there is a link between the increase and many years of economic growth. This has happened before.

Vabba or vobba, that is the question

Vabba or vobba, that is the question

(Feb 15, 2019) In Sweden, February is often known as Vabruary, because that is the month most parents chose to vabba, a Swedish term for taking time off to look after sick children. Now it is becoming more common to stay at home with sick children while also working, This is known as vobba, and is proving somewhat controversial.

New Norwegian IA agreement: More of the same, but fewer conflicting goals

New Norwegian IA agreement: More of the same, but fewer conflicting goals

(Feb 15, 2019) After 17 years, the Inclusive Workplace Agreement (IA) was renegotiated and changed in late 2018. No-one still knows for sure how to reduce sick leave levels, but the remedies in the IA agreement will now be available to all companies.

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