Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Ratio Working Papers,
The Ratio Institute

No 176: Industrial action in Sweden - a new pattern?

Henrik Lindberg ()
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Henrik Lindberg: The Ratio Institute, Postal: The Ratio Institute, P.O. Box 3203, SE-103 64 Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: The paper studies the modern conflict patterns and conflict dimensions in Sweden 1993-2005. The aim is to trace and interpret the new patterns and dimensions of labour market conflict by collecting and compiling strike data from the National Conciliation Office, (1993-99) and the National Mediation Office (2000-2005). On the whole, strike activity has decreased steadily from the 1980s and onwards and in large parts of the Swedish labour market conflicts are very rare. A few small un-ions organising primarily non-manufacturing working class in the domestic sector, account for the majority of the sanctioned conflicts. The new pattern is that the re-maining conflicts in broad terms can be divided in two parts: conflicts over wages and other working conditions and conflicts about the collective bargaining itself. Each with its own logic.

Keywords: Labour market; conflict; strike; secondary strike; blockade; Sweden; collective bargaining; strike patterns

JEL-codes: J52

18 pages, September 16, 2011

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